The Detroit Tigers record their first three-homer inning since September fifth of 2018 on September fifth of 2019 in a win against Kansas City.
The Detroit Tigers played their last game of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals today and ended up taking the victory six to four. The top of the fourth inning was the big highlight of this game when the Tigers hit three solo home runs to give them a lead that they would never let go of.
Getting three home runs in one inning is always an exciting feat, and it is one that Detroit hasn’t accomplished since this exact date, September fifth, of last year in a game against the Chicago White Sox when Mikie Mahtook, Ronny Rodriguez, and JaCoby Jones all went deep in the top of the fourth. This time it was Brandon Dixon, Dawel Lugo, and Jordy Mercer, and it also happened in the top of the fourth inning. These three runs helped spur the Tigers to victory over the Royals.
Outside of the cool little coincidence, Matthew Boyd looked a lot better on the mound tonight than he has recently. Boyd went for 6.1 innings and gave up ten hits, but he only allowed three runs to score. Boyd didn’t allow any walks during this outing and also recorded six strikeouts. It was far from the best outing he’s had this year, but it looked a lot better than a few of his other recent starts.
Unfortunately for Detroit, Jordy Mercer left the game with a wrist contusion after hitting a double and a home run. Mercer took a ball off the wrist while playing shortstop and exited the game early. There is no word on how serious the injury is yet. Mercer had his best month of the 2019 season in August after facing injuries earlier in the year, so hopefully, he will be able to make a quick recovery.
Detroit heads out to Oakland for a weird series replaying the final few innings of a game suspended earlier in the season tomorrow starting at 8:15 p.m. EST. They will then play a game directly after that at 10:07 p.m. EST and continue the series as planned for the next two days.