Detroit Tigers fans get potential glimpse at future in second straight win

Detroit Tigers v Houston Astros
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Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson stole the show for the Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers cliched a series win over the defending world champion Houston Astros Tuesday night with a 6-3 win. Matt Manning looked decent on the mound and then bullpen held their own. But the most exciting part of this win came in the batter's box.

Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson each had three hits on the night. Tork had a huge two-run shot in the eighth inning in which he turned around a 99 mph fastball from Astros' reliever Ryne Stanek and sent it 424 feet to left-center.

He contines to crush baseballs, as his other two hits each had exit velocities in excess of 100 mph. He was a triple shy of the cycle. It was an outstanding night for the former No. 1 overall pick.

The former No. 5 overall pick wasn't too shabby either. He had three singles on the night, as well as a diving catch out in center field to rob Yordan Alvarez of a hit.

Greene and Torkelson hit back-to-back in the lineup last night, with Greene hitting third and Tork batting cleanup, respectively. This is something that Tigers fans have been dreaming of for years, and even if it was just for one night, that dream became reality.

The two first-rounders were teammates all throughout the minor leagues, and they became best buds along the way. This led to a pretty funny exchange between the two after the game. From Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic:

Nothing like a little friendly competition, right? If they want to keep hitting dingers to see if they can outdo one another, I don't think anyone would complain.

It's great to see some happiness and general good vibes in the clubhouse, especially after that opening series in Tampa. The guys seem to be having fun, and who could blame them? I'd be in a good mood too if my team just took a series from the defending champs.

A.J. Hinch said after the game that Greene and Tork likely won't bat back-to-back like that every game, which might be disappointing to some, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can't drive each other in. Hinch likes to change the lineup around anyway, so it shouldn't too surprising to hear him say that.

If the Detroit Tigers are going to turn this thing around, Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson are going to have to lead the charge. Hopefully we get more games like last night in the future.

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