The 21,529 fans in participation concerned Comerica Park on Thursday to see Miguel Cabrera make history with his 3,000th hit.
Although that didn’t take place, they got an alleviation reward, seeing the Detroit Tigers (5-7) end their three-game losing streak by restoring the last video game of the series from the New York Yankees with a 3-0 win.
While the focus of the day, naturally, was Cabrera — he went 0–for-3 with 2 strikeouts and a deliberate walk, leaving him at 2,999 hits — it was right-hander Michael Pineda who placed on a program in his Tigers launching.
The veteran starter was remembered from Triple-A Toledo prior to the contest; he looked far more like the pitcher he remained in the last month of 2021, when he went 5-0 with a 1.85 age in 24⅓ innings, than his 2 starts with the Mud Hens (0-1 with 6 runs allowed 4⅓ innings).
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On Thursday, Pineda tossed 5 scoreless innings, spreading 3 hits with no strolls and 2 strikeouts, while shooting 40 strikes on 60 pitches.
Pineda, who pitched for the Yankees from 2014-17 prior to investing 2019-21 with the Minnesota Twins, dealt with simply one jam on the day. After quiting a single to lead off the 5th to DJ LeMahieu and another to Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a hit-and-run, he dealt with runners at the corners.
But “Big Mike” pitched out of it, causing a weak fly ball to ideal field off the bat of Marwin Gonzalez, then getting a running grab in center from Victor Reyes — the ball had an exit speed of 103.3 miles per hour, an anticipated batting average of .880, according to MLB’s Statcast.
The Tigers’ very first run was available in the 3rd inning. After Willi Castro reached on a single, Reyes changed him on initially after a fielder’s option. That brought Robbie Grossman to the plate, who roped a double to the left-field wall, scoring Reyes.
The rating remained there into the 8 inning, regardless of a jam for the Tigers’ bullpen. Alex Lange opened the inning and quit 2 songs and a walk, to fill the bases with one out. Manager AJ Hinch caused Gregory Soto.
The lefty was effective, getting a chopper from Anthony Rizzo for a displace at the plate, then getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to very first baseman Spencer Torkelson.
Detroit concerned bat in the bottom of the ining, and the very first 3 runners reached — on a Reyes double, a Grossman single and a Jonathan Schoop stroll to fill the bases without any outs.
Jeimer Candelario then grounded back to the pitcher to begin a 1-2-3 double play, ;leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd and very first base open.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone chose to deliberately stroll Miguel Cabrera and the fans were livid, all on their feet rotating boos with chants of “Yankees suck!” and “Overrated!”
But Austin Meadows came through, blooping in a two-run double to offer Detroit a 3-0 lead.
Soto quit a one-out single in the ninth, then caused a double play to end up the five-out conserve.
Grossman breaks out
Grossman is among a number of Tigers who had actually been scuffling to begin the season, going into Thursday 4-for-28 with simply 2 RBIs.
He almost matched that on Thursday, reaching base in all 4 plate looks — he went 3-for-3 with an RBI double (his very first extra-base hit of the season) and 2 songs.
Grossman is far from the only Tiger having a hard time at the plate; Detroit has actually scored 3 runs or less in 9 of its 12 video games this season.
After going 4 successive video games without a hit and after that missing out on a handful more with a groin injury, Grossman has hits in 4 successive video games.
This short article initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers nip Yankees, 3-0; Miguel Cabrera stuck on 2,999 hits