The Detroit Tigers were crushed by the Minnesota Twins 8-1 in the second game of their four-game set.
Matt Boyd got the start as he tried to extend his strong start streak, but did not succeed. His stuff was flat and Boyd was hit hard by the Twins. Boyd finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
The Tigers offense also did not help Boyd stay competitive in the game. They threatened in the first, fourth, and seventh, but could not push across runs. Kyle Gibson made his third strong start out of the last four against the Tigers. He went 8 innings, surrendering 1 earned run on 5 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Twins Strike Hard
The Twins got the scoring starting in the top of the first with three straight hits. Brian Dozier singled to lead off the game. Jorge Polanco then doubled to put runners at second and third. Robbie Grossman then singled both runners home to give the twins the 2-0 lead.
The Tigers cut into the Twins lead in the bottom of the first. Cameron Maybin doubled with one out. Miguel Cabrera then drove Maybin home with a single to cut the lead to 2-1. Victor Martinez then hit into a double play to end the threat.
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The top of the Twins order struck again in the third inning. Brian Dozier doubled and came around on a Jorge Polanco home run. Grossman then doubled and Vargas singled to put runners on first and third. Kurt Suzuki then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Twins the 5-1 lead.
The Twins turned the lineup over once again in the fourth. John Ryan Murphy walked and Logan Schafer was hit by a pitch. Dozier hit a ground ball to move both runners up. Jorge Polanco then singled to drive in two more runs. That gave the Twins the 7-1 lead and ended Boyd’s night.
Buck Farmer Showed Up
The Tigers were somewhat saved tonight by the performance of Buck Farmer. On a night the bullpen could have run thin, Farmer gave the Tigers 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball holding the Twins off of the basepaths.
These two teams will continue their series Wednesday night at 7:08. Anibal Sanchez will get the start as he tried to stay on the right side of his boom or bust second half of the season. He will be opposed by Tyler Duffey who will try to control the Tigers’ offense with his 6.13 ERA.