Victor Reyes’ two great catches also happened to come in Tarik Skubal’s first career win. Skubal was far from dominant in that outing, with just two strikeouts over five innings, but he kept Minnesota off balance and he got some help from his friends. MLB didn’t find it worthy to show his whole outing, but once again a very thoughtful individual did. And as an added bonus, Gregory Soto earned his first career save in the same game.
Sergio Alcantara is a glove-first shortstop. He has bottom-of-the-scale game power, and just nine home runs in 2,611 minor-league plate appearances. So anemic is his offense, that many fans expected him to be cut from the 40-man roster, and FanGraphs even suggested his 70-grade arm would be better served on the mound. So what does he do in his first career big-league at-bat? Crush a home run to left center, becoming the first Tigers position player to go deep in his first career AB since Reggie Sanders in 1974. How can you not be romantic about baseball?