The Detroit Tigers were unable to hold an early 4-1 lead and wound up losing to the Minnesota Twins 8-5 in the second game of the series.
The Detroit Tigers played their second game of a three-game series in Minnesota against the Twins tonight, but they ended up losing despite having a 4-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. Minnesota had a huge five-run inning in the fifth and tacked on an additional two in the sixth to seal the deal 8-5.
Edwin Jackson started the game for Detroit, and only gave up one run on a solo home run through the first four innings. In the fifth, Minnesota got to him with a few hits leading to some runs and eventually a big three-run home run by Miguel Sano. The Tigers were unable to recover and Jackson would end up giving up six earned runs and picking up his second straight loss and seventh on the season.
The Tigers had some solid at-bats on the night and ended up scoring five runs. Victor Reyes had a great night at the plate, going 3-for-5 and driving in two runs. Travis Demeritte continued to stay hot as well, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run. Unfortunately, Jake Rogers had another hitless night and continues to struggle despite getting off to a hot start after getting called up. He will need to get it together if he hopes to stay in Detroit.
Perhaps the biggest story of this game for Detroit was the debut of Willi Castro, who was called up earlier today. Castro played shortstop and 2-for-4 with a run in his major league debut. A new bat in the lineup is much needed, and Castro has shown potential in the minors. This was a great start to his career with the Tigers and hopefully, he can keep up the performance.
Detroit and Minnesota play the rubber match tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. EST. Matthew Boyd will make the start for Detroit and is coming off of a spectacular start against a strong Houston team. He and the offense will look to end the road trip on a high note before heading back to Detroit to face Cleveland on Tuesday.