Detroit Tigers Drop Series Opener to Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 9, Detroit Tigers 4

WP: Ryan Pressley (2-2)

LP: Anibal Sanchez (3-3)

Box Score

The Detroit Tigers drew first blood when Mikie Mahtook jacked a solo shot to left in the bottom of the first to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead.

The offense then stalled out for both teams for 3 innings, until Eddie Rosario hit a home run of his own in the 4th. Joe Mauer and Miguel Sanó came around to score on the dinger, making it 3-1 Twins. The very next inning, Max Kepler would launch one over the wall in right with a runner on to make it 5-1.

The Tigers would respond in the bottom of the 5th, when Jose Iglesias doubled in Andrew Romine. Justin Upton then singled in Iglesias to bring the Detroit Tigers within 2, 5-3.

The Twins would strike back in the 7th, scoring 2 runs off of a Brian Dozier triple that scored Jason Castro. Max Kepler would then single in Dozier.

The Tigers would get a run back in the bottom of the 7th on an Upton single that brought in Ian Kinsler, but it was too late. Joe Mauer would chip in a bases-loaded single in the 9th, scoring two. That would be the last of the offense, leaving us at our final score, 9-4 Twins.

On a pitching note, Anibal Sanchez started the game for the Detroit Tigers, going 6 innings and giving up 5 ER on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and no walks.. His opponent for Minnesota was Kyle Gibson, who went only 4.2 innings, making him ineligible to receive a win. He did finish with 6 strikeouts, but gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.

Up Next

Detroit will battle the Twins in Game 2 of the 3-game series against Minnesota. Taking the mound for the Tigers will be Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.27 ERA). He will face the starter for the Twins, Jose Berrios (10-5, 3.86 ERA).

Photo Cred/Kirthmon Dozier-Detroit Free Press

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Brendan Boyd

Brendan Boyd

My name is Brendan Boyd. I am a sophomore in High School and looking to get into writing as a career. I have a deep passion for sports and would love to work in anything that has to do with them. I love Michigan and the Red Wings the most, but the Tigers and Lions aren’t too far behind. My profile picture is of me and my brother meeting Kris Draper at a Red Wings game in April(I’m on the right).