Tempers Flare in Minnesota against Detroit
Detroit Tigers retaliate after Jacoby Jones gets hit by pitch
During the Tigers 5 to 4 victory, things got interesting when Jacoby Jones got hit in the face by a 90 mile per hour fastball by Twins reliever Justin Haley in the third inning. That set up for the Tigers retaliation in the 5th inning with pitcher Matthew Boyd on the mound. Boyd threw behind Twins batter Miguel Sano. Sano was visibly upset and pointed his finger at the Tigers pitcher yelling at him. Tigers catcher James McCann jumped in to try to cool things down but it didn’t help. Sano pushed the catcher and then both pullpens emptied as teammates jumped in between the pitcher and catcher and Sano. Eventually things cooled down but both Boyd and Sano were ejected from the game to ensure nothing else would esculate. Jacoby Jones was hit on the left side of his face, fell down and then jumped up to his feet as he threw his helmet to the side. Manager Brad Ausmus and their trainer came out and took a look at the centerfielder’s bleeding mouth. Jones was pulled from the game and then was taken to the hospital for a CT scan to make sure things weren’t more serious. Jones ended up getting 9 stitches and the Tigers placed him on the disabled list before Sunday’s game.
Detroit Tigers hold on to preserve the victory
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead on Hicks’ single that scored Justin Upton in the top of the second but Minnesota quickly came back in the bottom half in the second with a pair of their own. Jorge Polanco knocked in Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier with a double to left field. Detroit quickly responded back with a pair of home runs by Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton in their top of the third inning. The score remained three to two until Minnesota’s Robbie Grossman singled in Joe Mauer in the bottom half of the fifth inning tying the game up. But once again the Tigers responded quickly. In the top half of the sixth inning, Detroit scored twice giving them a five to three lead. Nick Castellanos came up with another big hit knocking in Mahtook with a double to deep centerfield. After Upton was intentionally walked, catcher James McCann hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score third baseman Nick Castellanos. Detroit’s bullpen, which has been shakey as of late, held off Minnesota during the late innings. Shane Greene, Alex Wilson, and Justin Wilson held Minnesota to zero runs and Detroit brought in closer Francisco Rodriguez to close the game out in the ninth inning. Minnesota made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jason Castro hit a home run to rightfield bringing them within one run of tying the score. Brian Dozier then hit a single to left field putting the tying run on base. Rodriguez was able to bounce back however getting Jorge Polance to fly to right and then striking out Joe Mauer to end the game and give the Tigers a five to four win.