After a 5-2 loss yesterday to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Detroit Tigers preached for someone to step up and produce runs in key moments of tonight’s game.
Detroit infielder Ronny Rodriguez provided four runs-batted-in (RBI) to help the Tigers snatch a key 10-3 win over the Angels.
Just two pitches into the second game of former manager Brad Ausmus’s return to Detroit, LA second baseman David Fletcher launched a lead-off solo home run to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Leadoff home runs are cool. pic.twitter.com/jEqaLnFITR— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 8, 2019
However, the Tigers would strike back as Rodriguez’s triple scored in right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and left fielder Niko Goodrum to take their first lead at 2-1.
Detroit continued to feed off their momentum and extended their lead to 3-1 as Rodriguez scores in Castellanos in a bases-loaded single. Catcher John Hicks’s sacrifice fly eventually made it 4-1 Detroit to top off the third inning.
In the fifth inning, the Tigers chased Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs out of the game after Rodriguez hit a double to score in Goodrum. Hicks scored in Rodriguez to extend their lead to 5-1.
Three more runs would score to end the fifth inning with Detroit leading 8-1 after a error by LA third baseman Zack Cozart, which led to Detroit centerfielder Jacoby Jones scoring from third base.
The Angels did not go away quietly as catcher Jonathan Lucroy blasted a home run to shorten the Tigers lead to 8-2.
Jones went on to launch a two-run home run himself in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it 10 runs on 10 hits on the contest.
Lucroy’s ninth inning double would score in shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but it was too late for the Angels as Tigers relief pitcher Reed Garrett got the third out to seal the Tigers 10-3 victory.
In six full innings, Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd only gave up three hits, one earned run and delivered six strikeouts.
Skaggs went for four and two-thirds innings, giving eight runs on eight hits, and struck out four Tigers.
Angels all-star centerfielder Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The series between the two teams wraps up tomorrow in Detroit at 1:10 p.m. LA’s Felix Pena and Detroit’s Ryan Carpenter will be the starting pitchers.