The Tigers have shown fans some of what could compose of next year’s team early on in September. The future has some bright spots, but there will still be some growing pains. The team has also lost eight of 10 and with 20 games left and 11 of them at home the veterans on the team need to help keep the young guys up.
September 4-6 / Kansas City Royals
Tigers 6, Royals 7
WP: Jakob Junis (7-2 4.48 ERA)
LP: Artie Lewicki (0-1 9.00 ERA)
Save: Scott Alexander (3)
The Tigers and Royals are on different ends of the baseball scale. The Royals are in the hunt for the Wild Card, while the Tigers are looking toward the future and part of the Future took the mound for the team on Labor Day in the U.S.A.
Artie Lewicki took the mound for his MLB debut. Between AA and AAA he posted a 3.38 ERA and had 123 strikeouts over 141 innings, and even though there was bad in his first Major League start there was also a lot of good. Lewicki had 62 balls called for strikes and only had one bad inning.
The Tigers offense came from Nick Castellanos, Alex Presley, and Jose Iglesias. Castellanos hit his 20th homerun of the season and the rally fell just short as they couldn’t scratch across the tying run in the ninth. Also in the game Mikie Mahtook was denied a three-run shot in the fourth inning that could of helped the Tigers get closer to the Royals and possibly win the game.
Junis: 5IP 7H 3R 3ER 3K
Lewicki: 5IP 11H 5R 5ER 1BB 1K 1HR
Tigers 13, Royals 2
WP: Myles Jaye (1-0 0.00 ERA)
LP: Jason Vargas (14-10 4.23 ERA)
The Tigers and Royals met up for game two of three and the starter for the Tigers couldn’t make it out of the first inning. Anibal Sanchez got the nod but left after facing one batter because of getting hit in the calf.
This one was all Tigers though as they scored seven in the second, and the team hit six homeruns. JaCoby Jones and John Hicks each had two, Jose Iglesias, and Mikei Mahtook both had one. The Tigers bullpen was outstanding going the full nine letting up one inherited runner and one other run on the night.
Vargas: 2IP 6H 7R 7ER 1BB 1K 2HR
Sanchez: 0IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 0HR
Tigers 2, Royals 13
WP: Jason Hammel (8-10 4.73ERA)
LP: Matt Boyd (5-9 5.93ERA)
The Royals weren’t a fan of getting beat 13-2 on Tuesday so they repaid the favor on Wednesday.
Though the game was tied until the seventh inning the Royals feasted off Tigers Pitching. Most of the damage came as Joe Jimenez let up five runs over a third of an inning. The Tigers Offense came from Ian Kinsler hitting his 15th homer of the year and an error that let John Hicks score. The game was all Royals though.
Hammel: 6IP 9H 2R 2ER 2BB 6K 1HR
Boyd: 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 4K 1HR
September 8-10 Toronto Blue Jays
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4
WP: Buck Farmer (4-2 6.32ERA)
LP: Marcus Stroman (11-7 3.18ERA)
SV: Shane Greene (7)
The Detroit Tigers went north of the border and had a great night.
The Tigers hit a grand slam in the fourth and turned their first triple play since 2001 in the sixth. Nick Castellanos got his first start in right field and hit a grand slam for his 21st homer of the season and Ian Kinsler hit a solo shot for his 16th of the year.
The most exciting play of the night, and possibly year came in the sixth as newest Tiger Jeimer Candelario started the Tigers first triple play since 2001. The game did however get tight in the eighth as Alex Wilson gave up two home runs in an outing for the first time since 2014, and the last time he did this was also in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Farmer: 5IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 3K 0HR
Stroman: 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K 1HR
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 5
WP: Brett Anderson (3-3 5.90ERA)
LP: Warwick Saupold (3-2 4.25ERA)
SV: Ryan Tepera (2)
The Tigers got an added boost as they welcomed Miguel Cabrera back from his six-game suspension. With his first at-bat back he sent the ball to left field, and hit his 15th homerun of the year to give the Tigers a two-run lead early. That lead however wouldn’t stand as the Blue Jays scored in the first, forth, sixth, and seventh.
In the ninth however the Tigers made things interesting as they scored twice off the bats of Miguel Cabrera, and Nick Castellanos. They also had the tying run at third to end the game.
Chad Bell also improved from his first start to his second in the game.
Chad Bell: 4.2IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 5K 0HR
Brett Anderson: 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K 1HR
Tigers 2, Blue Jays 8
WP: J.A. Happ (8-10 3.73ERA)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (3-4 7.43 ERA)
SV: Luis Santos (1)
The Tigers fell behind early and were never able to muster enough offense to get it going.
The only offense the team could get was a third homerun in four games for Ian Kinsler who had the only two RBI’s. The team did have seven hits with two coming from Nick Castellanos.
After Anibal Sanchez left the game the bullpen for the Tigers was just about lights out. The only run they let up came in the seventh off a pass ball. The three pitchers that followed Sanchez are all young guys and will be a big part of the pitching staff the Tigers will look to next year.
Sanchez: 4.2IP 12H 7R 7ER 1BB 5K 2HR
Happ: 6IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 9K 1HR
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