The Detroit Tigers started a three-game series with the New York Yankees tonight and took the first game with a walk-off hit.
Things weren’t looking good for the Detroit Tigers tonight after the second inning when they were trailing the team with the best record in the MLB by six runs, but they were able to rally back and end up winning the game 12-11 in a dramatic fashion.
The game started with Edwin Jackson on the mound for Detroit, who immediately gave up a home run in the first and allowed five more to score in the second. With the score 6-0, the Tigers were able to rally back in the bottom of the third off of a sacrifice fly and a series of singles. The Yanks took the lead back, scoring one run in the fifth and the sixth, but then the Tigers bounced back with a home run from Christin Stewart in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Entering the seventh inning, the Tigers had a 10-8 lead. The Yankees would score three more here off of two home runs to take a 11-10 lead. The Tigers weren’t done, however, and tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth and the game was still tied 11-11 with Willi Castro pinch-running for Grayson Greiner on second and Jordy Mercer at the plate. Mercer would hit a clutch single to score the winning run and walk-off the fearsome Yankees.
The Tigers put up an absolute show with the bats tonight, recording 16 hits and taking four walks. They took advantage of their opportunities as well, going 8-for-12 with runners in scoring position and putting up 11 runs. This kind of production has been rare from the Tigers this season, so it was great to see them pull off a victory against such a great team.
The series continues tomorrow night at 6:40 p.m. EST when Matthew Boyd will take the mound against future hall-of-famer CC Sabathia. Sabathia has not looked amazing this year, currently posting a 4.93 ERA and a 5-8 record. The Tigers’ offense will look to build on their performance from tonight.