Detroit Tigers’ Ty Madden makes first Comerica Park appearance
Detroit Tigers right-hander Ty Madden, selected No. 32 overall in the 2021 MLB draft, talks Monday, July 19, 2021, at Comerica Park.
Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press
The fans at Comerica Park stood on their feet numerous times.
They kept cheering for Miguel Cabrera.
He deserved the ovations.
The Detroit Tigers (44-51) swung their way to a 14-0 victory over the Texas Rangers in Monday’s series opener at Comerica Park — behind Cabrera’s three-run double in the fifth inning and two-run single in the sixth inning. The 38-year-old finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs.
“These are big moments for Miggy, our team, our organization and our fans,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He has given so much to this franchise. Miggy is in with the elite. You can go your whole career and not see things like this, so you’ve got to soak it up as a team.”
The Tigers, 35-27 since May 8, are on a four-game winning streak.
They scored their 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks. Every player in the starting lineup recorded a hit, with multi-hit performances from seven players: Cabrera, Akil Baddoo (2-for-5, four RBIs), Jonathan Schoop (2-for-5, two RBIs), Robbie Grossman (2-for-4), Harold Castro (2-for-3), Isaac Paredes (3-for-3) and Victor Reyes (4-for-5).
“This team is more connected with each other,” said Reyes, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since June 1 after being promoted from Triple-A Toledo. “Every player is trying to help, and there’s harmony within the clubhouse.”
Rookie Casey Mize pitched four innings and allowed one hit without a walk. He struck out two, throwing 34 of 54 pitches for strikes as he remains under strict innings limits.
“We’re a good team,” Mize said. “I think that’s what we’re learning. I think a lot of people are learning that, that we are a good team.”
Relievers Joe Jimenez, Daniel Norris and Buck Farmer each tossed one scoreless inning. Ian Krol logged scoreless eighth and ninth innings. The Rangers recorded just four hits — without a walk — and struck out 10 times.
Rangers starter and All-Star Kyle Gibson was chased without recording an out in the sixth inning. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits and two walks, generating just two strikeouts. He departed with two runners on base, and the Tigers didn’t slow down against reliever Brett Martin.
Seven-run sixth inning
Facing Martin with the bases loaded, Baddoo singled up the middle. He plated two runs — charged to Gibson — for an 8-0 lead. Schoop followed with an RBI single up the middle, and Grossman tacked on a single into left field to load the bases.
Cabrera chased Martin with his single to left field. His second hit with the bases loaded scored two more runs for an 11-0 lead. The Rangers replaced Martin, who didn’t record an out, with Scott Barlow.
“We just did a lot of things to put pressure on them,” Hinch said. “We kept taking whatever the game gave us and continued to pile on. I’ve been on both sides of it, and this side of it is a lot more fun. But we just kept having quality plate appearances.”
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Barlow walked the first two batters he faced.
Jeimer Candelario’s free pass loaded the bases, and Eric Haase’s walk scored a run. At this point, all nine players in the lineup had stepped into the batter’s box and reached safely in the sixth, doing so with three walks and six singles. The last time the Tigers accomplished this feat was in the ninth inning Aug. 8, 2001, at Texas.
The first out made by the Rangers came on a sacrifice fly from Castro. His fly ball into left field scored Cabrera from third base, giving the Tigers a 13-0 lead. Zack Short — who entered as a pinch-runner for Paredes — grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Tigers scored their 14th and final run on Candelario’s bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
The scoring started in the third inning, when Baddoo drove a curveball into the right field seats for a two-run home run. His seventh blast of the season traveled 352 feet.
“Anytime you can pile on a couple runs against a quality pitcher like Gibson, it’s just going to relax the entire dugout and make you feel like you’re in control of the game,” Hinch said. “Combine that with the way Casey set the tone and the way our relievers came in, it was a good night.”
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Baddoo drew a seven-pitch walk in the fifth inning, putting runners at the corners with one out. He fell behind 0-2 in the count after three pitches but worked four consecutive balls. Paredes, after doubling earlier in the inning, scored on Schoop’s single to right field for a 3-0 lead.
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