Detroit Tigers and J.D. Martinez use multiple homers to club New York Yankees
By Matt Pelc
The Detroit Tigers easily suffered their most humiliating loss of the 2015 season on Saturday night. Not only did they get thumped, 14-3, but they fell to .500 on the season. This prompted Brad Ausmus to close the clubhouse for an undisclosed discussion with his team. Apparently it worked as the Tigers turned the tables on the New York Yankees to avoid a sweep and snap a four-game losing streak by winning 12-4 to give all of the dads of Detroit Tiger fandom a nice present on Father’s Day.
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The Tigers clubbed five homers in the onslaught. It started earlier against Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning when the Super Martinez Bros. went to work. Victor Martinez started the scoring with a two-run homer, his second of the season and first since coming back from the DL. It’s good to see V-Mart’s power returning.
Two batters later it was J.D. Martinez‘s turn, launching another two-run homer to make it 4-0. J.D. Mart would go on to add two more homers on the day to give him a solo homer (in fifth also off Tanaka), two-run shot (1st inning), and three-run shot (off Danny Burawa in the sixth inning). He missed out on tying the Major League record of four homers by flying out in the eighth inning.
Anibal Sanchez started for the Tigers and continued to pitch well. Although his scoreless streak ended at 21+ innings when he allowed a solo homer to Brian McCann, he was able to take advantage of the large lead the offense stacked him to and rode it to his sixth win of the year. Sanchez’s final line was seven innings pitched, allowed seven hits (2 homers) and three runs.
Blaine Hardy pitched a scoreless eighth inning and little used Joakim Soria got the call in the ninth and continued to struggle, allowing another homer, this time to Stephen Drew.
The Tigers will head to Cleveland looking to establish a winning streak while preparing for a key three-game series with the division rival Indians. Kyle Ryan will face Trevor Bauer with first pitch set for 7:10.
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