The Detroit Tigers snap their six-game losing streak in extra innings against Toronto. Two stellar performances helped them on their way.
The Detroit Tigers won their 30th game of the year and snapped a six-game losing streak earlier today thanks to a walk-off homer in the tenth inning by Nick Castellanos. The victory included stellar performances from Tyler Alexander and JaCoby Jones.
Tyler Alexander was the unsung hero of the game. The 25-year-old pitcher made his second career start for the Tigers today and went 7.0 innings only giving up one run and one walk. He showed excellent command of the strike zone and kept the ball in the park, despite only recording one strikeout. While he didn’t earn the win, his ERA now sits at 2.25 and he looks like a promising pitcher.
JaCoby Jones also had a great performance. He made two great catches in the fifth, including one at the wall that will surely appear on highlight-reel plays tonight. He would proceed to hit a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning that would prove to be important later in the game. Jones went two for five on the night and scored two runs.
Things got shaky in the ninth when all-star closer Shane Greene gave up a two-run shot to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The Tigers were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth but closed the game out in the bottom of the tenth off of a solo shot by Castellanos. This is bound to intrigue any club looking to add Castellanos to their list of potential trades, like the Chicago Cubs.
The Detroit Tigers get a day off tomorrow before facing Philadelphia for a short two-game series at home on Tuesday and Wednesday. Barring a trade, Matthew Boyd is scheduled to start against the Phillies on Tuesday against Aaron Nola. This should be an exciting series for both teams, as the Phillies are not performing up to expectations, and the Tigers are looking to get things back on track.