Detroit Tigers Crush Chicago Cubs 15-8
It was another high scoring affair Wednesday Night at Wrigley Field, as the Detroit Tigers closed out their two-game series against the Chicago Cubs by winning 15-7. It was the most hits the Tigers have had in a single game all season, and the most since they played the Twins in May.
Jon Lester had been on fire coming into the game, however it was quickly extinguished by Detroit. To start the second, Nick Castellanos hit a solo home run to make it 1-0 Tigers. A few batters later with one man on, Detroit starting pitcher Daniel Norris blasted a home run to help his cause and put Detroit up 3-0. He’s the first Tigers pitcher to hit a home run since Jason Johnson hit one in 2005 at Dodger Stadium. It was also his first ever major league at-bat.
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The Tigers were just getting started against Lester. The following inning, Castellanos hit a grand slam making the score 6-3. A few batters he was done. Lester’s final numbers were 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s.
Norris on the other hand was again impressive, only giving up 4 hits, 2 of which were home runs in the 3rd. One was a solo shot to Dexter Fowler and two batters later rookie phenom Kris Bryant hit a 2-run bomb. He otherwise was mowing down Cubs batters, striking out six before leaving with an oblique injury before he could qualify for the win in 5th inning. His final numbers 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB 6 K’s. There is no word on how long he will be out for at this time.
The remaining of the game was basically all Detroit. Rajai Davis and JD Martinez homered while Ian Kinsler added two more hits to the five he had last night. Castellanos continued his domination in the series as well, finishing 4 for 5 with 5 RBI’s before being pulled for defensive purposes. When it was all over, six tigers had at least two hits.
The Tigers head home on Thursday to face the surging Texas Rangers, who are just ahead of Detroit in the AL Wild Card standings. Alfredo Simon (4.84 ERA) squares off against southpaw Martin Perez (5.29 ERA) at 7:08 EST at Comerica Park.