Matt Manning wasn’t at his best on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Motor City, but it was Gregory Soto’s late-game mistakes that cost Detroit Tigers The game and the series against Kansas City Royals. The Tigers fell, 3-2, after keeping things on hold for most of the afternoon.
Manning had an extended role in the first half, although only one match was allowed. Tucker Barnhart and Javier Baez went on to catch Bobby Witt Jr.’s heist, but Nick Prato’s nine-court bet still drags Manning past the 20-court mark. The Tigers cornered Bayes in the lower half of the game after a one-on-one match.
Michael Taylor scored a double up front to start the second, but Manning made his way out of the inning with a pair of volleys and an attacking strike – Haas shook on three pitches, Jimmer Candelario lost in a slam and Ryan K’dler K’d as well.
The Royals made a two-way run in the third for the first real threat to the match from either club. Witt put in a left-hand drive streak to start things off, and Jeimer Candelario extended the run with a throwing foul that put the men in the corners. But Manning hit Prato to get him out.
Kansas City’s Max Castillo had trouble in the third and got out of it, but the Tigers might have helped him by not challenging close play in second. Akil Badu seemed sure he had dodged the tag’s slip to base, but Hinch chose not to challenge the play after speaking to the replay team. Riley Greene extended his hitting streak to 13 games soon after, but the ball may not have been deep enough for Baddoo to score even if they canceled the call on the second.
Just before Greene’s single, Akil Baddoo was caught stealing for the fourth time in eight attempts. Pretty much a 50-50 ball every time he runs…ha. Maths.
– Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) 4 September 2022
The wheels kicked off for Manning at four. He finished the inning but still gave up two rounds on two hits, walk twice and hit hit. He couldn’t control much and rather walked in, but Manning kept the score within reason, which is more than he did against Seattle Mariners On his last outing.
Baez immediately responded with his second hit of the day to lead the lower half of the frame. While Gibby and Shep discussed whether Báez should steal or stay at the start, Harold Castro fired a ball into the right court to stand on his No. 6 home ground of the year. Ball tie game.
Castillo snapped again and quickly hit Haas for the second time. Candelario was frozen in on one of the four grabbers who captured the top of the area for the third hit, and Kreidler couldn’t win an eight-court battle that ended with a walk-out to midfield.
Will Fist took charge of Manning and pitched the 1-2-3 first half of the day for the Tigers. Manning has been fit since his return to rotation, but today wasn’t his day. From the long first run to the running walk, he doesn’t seem to have it. It wasn’t as bad as his last game against Seattle when he gave up seven wins in 2 1⁄3 roles, but Manning needs to figure out what’s wrong quickly.
The Tigers knocked out Castillo before he could get out of the fifth inning. Detroit wasn’t really threatening, but the stadium count was escalating and Colin Snyder was ready to come in. He only needed one pitch to retire Victor Reyes, but it took Webb’s gem from Witt to get it done. The ball bounced off Snyder’s foot in the air, Witt grabbed it barehanded and then tossed it with a rocket to the first time in time.
Jacket returned to the hill for Detroit in sixth and grabbed two quick goals before Nikki Lopez hit a single. Alex Lange came in to close the inning and hit MJ Melendez to make Lopez the second competition steal.
Jose Coas replaced Snyder on the Kansas City bump to start bottom sixth. Haase took an ugly break first and looked destined for the third hit, but he turned the same ballpark and pushed him to the left for a double. Cuas deliberately walked with Candelario to reach Kreidler, who struck to end the threat.
The seventh inning was scary for Detroit. Joe Jimenez replaced Lange and struggled after earning his first two games in five courts. Prato walked in and ceded the third hit of the day to Taylor, which was enough for Hench to pull him out of the game. Andrew Chavin came to confront Michael Massey, but he brought her inside and pushed him to load the bases. Fortunately, Shaven recovered and made Hunter Dozier fly to the center. Royal family fans were less than happy…
There was potential for another entry in the ongoing saga between Bayes and the Royals’ loyal Prince Garrett at the bottom of seventh, but Mike Matheny pulled Garrett before he got the chance. Meggi might get hurt, but he seemed ready to throw hands at Jaffe if things went south.
Garrett left a pair of key players for Dylan Coleman, who stuck to the tried-and-true method of throwing sliders at Bayes and watching him sniff. It’s painfully predictable, and Bayes can’t figure it out. Willie Castro entered the game as a Baddoo pinch hitter and remained a fit player. Reyes has moved left to take charge of Baddoo.
Gregory Soto took charge of Detroit in eighth and gave up the lead, somewhat as expected. He gave up a brace for Melendez that Nikki Lopez was supposed to score, but Reyes and Baez did a great relay job to get Lopez home.
However, Soto was not rejected, and soon gave up a Lowette double on a ground ball directly under Candelario’s gauntlet, blowing up the lead. Prato was hit after Salvador Perez deliberately walked, but the damage was done. Detroit is now behind, 3-2. Harold Castro drove bottom eighth by one stroke, his second hit of the day, but Eric Haas got into double play three pitches later. Candelario hit the second time, sending things to the ninth.
Jason Foley came in to finish ninth with Detroit 1-2-3, but Riley Green had to create another incredible opportunity to keep it intact. He hit the wall as he descended from a jump in the deepest part of the field, but looked fine as he ran back to the bunker.
Kreidler tried to start a rally in the ninth, but Pratto set up to prevent a hard-hit ball from leaving the field and threw it to Scott Barlow, who came to shut things down. Barnhart hit a ball in the dirt for Detroit 10K of the day and Willie Castro flew to the right, ending the ball game.
After losing five of their last six games in Detroit, the Tigers will head to Los Angeles in a three-game series against the Angels starting tomorrow. Shohei Ohtani is not expected to advance through the series.
After Sunday’s competition, the Tigers announced that veteran right-hander Michael Pineda has been awarded a DFA. Minor League loyalist Luis Castillo will be called upon to join the Bullpen.
Tigers have DFA’d Michael Pineda.
Luis Castillo will join the list of games in the Anaheim series
– Cody Stavenhagen 4 September 2022