The Detroit Tigers played the third game of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins today and lost by a margin of five runs.
After a solid win against Minnesota yesterday, the Detroit Tigers entered today’s game with high hopes. The Twins got to Detroit early, however, getting a five-run lead in the second inning and never looking back. While the Tigers were able to score a few, they couldn’t keep pace with the Twins and would go on to lose the game eight to three.
Spencer Turnbull‘s struggles on the mound continued today as he earned loss number 14 on the season. Turnbull had issues commanding the strike zone early, which led to a big five-run second inning for Minnesota. Turnbull gave up six earned runs on the game along with three walks over 4.2 innings. His ERA is still only 4.45, but it has been on the rise over his last few starts.
Detroit’s bullpen looked better than their starter, but John Schreiber still gave up two additional runs. Schreiber has not looked good at the big league level so far, and today’s performance will not help his numbers. His ERA on the season is now at 13.50, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to get opportunities with Detroit.
The one big bright spot on the game was the offensive performance by Victor Reyes. He has been extremely consistent for Detroit since being called up in early August, and he had another great night tonight going two-for-four with an RBI. His average now sits at .295 on the season and he will surely get more opportunities to stay hot for the rest of the year.
The Tigers and Twins play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. EST before heading off to Kansas City. Jordan Zimmermann will make the start for Detroit. This hasn’t been his best season, but he has looked a lot better in his last few starts. He hopes to continue this trend tomorrow and split the series with Minnesota.