Detroit Tigers win Casey Mize’s first spring training start, 6-1, against Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers got a 6-1 win versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. The Tigers enhanced to 2-1 in Grapefruit League play.

What took place: The Pirates asked for the video game be cut from 7 to 5 innings; Tigers supervisor AJ Hinch didn’t grumble. Casey Mize began and pitched 2 scoreless innings, setting out 3 batters. Willi Castro went 2-for-2 with a solo crowning achievement and two-run double, gathering 3 RBIs. He has 2 homers this spring. No. 1 possibility Spencer Torkelson made his spring training launching and took a seven-pitch walk. JaCoby Jones squashed a triple off the center-field run in the 5th, driving in 2 runs for a 6-1 lead.

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Starting: Mize strolled 3 players — and started out 3 — in his spring training launching. He utilized 45 pitches (25 strikes) and did not permit a hit throughout 2 scoreless innings. He started out Gregory Polanco with his marquee splitter for the last out in the very first frame. The 23-year-old punched out Jacob Stallings (on 3 straight fastballs) in the 2nd inning and ripped a heating system past a looking Travis Swaggerty to finish his work for the afternoon.

At the plate: Castro opened the scoring by belting his 2nd crowning achievement of the spring to right-center field off JT Brubaker in the very first inning. Akil Baddoo (Guideline 5 draft choice) doubled to the left-field corner in the 3rd inning, extending the cause 2-0. Minutes later on, Castro cracked in 2 more work on his double to best field off the pitcher’s glove. Zack Short doubled to the left-center wall in the 4th inning. Catcher Grayson Greiner — in a fight for the backup job — went 1-for-1 with one walk. Baddoo ended up 1-for-2 with one RBI and one walk.

On the mound: Bryan Garcia, who ended in 2015 as the more detailed, pitched the 3rd inning. He quit a walk and double however worked out of the jam thanks to an incredible 3-6-5-2 double play. Erasmo Ramirez pitched the 4th and 5th innings, quiting a solo blast to Todd Frazier on a 92-mph fastball. Unless there’s an injury, Ramirez is not likely to make the group.

Potential Customers: Torkelson, Riley Greene, Dillon Dingler and Jake Rogers took a trip with the team and were readily available off the bench. Torkelson got in as a pinch-runner in the 3rd inning and played 3rd base the remainder of the method. Rogers pinch-hit in the 4th; he started out for the 4th time in 4 at-bats this spring. Dingler captured the 4th and 5th innings. Greene did not play.

3 stars: 1. Castro, 2. Baddoo, 3. Jones.

Up next: Wednesday vs. Philadelphia Phillies in Lakeland.

Evan Petzold is a sports press reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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