Miguel Cabrera hits first spring homer in Detroit Tigers’ 3-1 win over Pirates
LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, on Saturday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Arena, enhancing to 8-10 in Grapefruit League play.
Left-hander Matthew Boyd began and pitched 4 innings. He developed to 80 pitches (51 strikes) and appears on track to begin the very first or 2nd video game of the routine season. Boyd permitted one work on 4 hits and one walk, setting out 5 en path to a 2.08 PERIOD throughout 4 getaways this spring. Veteran Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the scoreboard with an opposite-field homer; fellow (albit less-heralded) slugger Renato Nunez — looking for an area on the lineup — doubled in the group’s 2nd run 2 innings later on. Nunez included an RBI single to left field in the 8th. Cabrera has actually a .185 batting average through 11 video games in camp. The Tigers set out 5 times andcollected 6 hits.
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Boyd leaned greatly on his slider, utilizing it 28 times. Although he didn’t get a swing-and-miss with his slider, it produced 9 called strikes. He likewise tossed 29 four-seam fastballs, 15 changeups, 5 sinkers and 3 curveballs. Boyd got 5 whiffs: 3 with his four-seamer and 2 with his changeup. Beyond his toolbox, the veteran lefty revealed some athleticism by selecting off 2 runners. His fastball balanced 91.7 miles per hour and reached 93.5 miles per hour. Through 13 innings this spring, Boyd has 13 strikeouts and 5 strolls.
At the plate
The Tigers were coming off 2 video games with one run scored integrated. They weren’t far better Saturday, however their 3 runs sufficed to slip past the Pirates. Cabrera opened the scoring in the 4th inning with a homer to connect the video game, and Nunez drove an RBI double to center field in the 6th inning for a 2-1 lead. Cabrera, entering his 19th season, sent his very first homer of spring training 361 feet to right; it leapt off his bat at 98.8 miles per hour. Cabrera and Nunez gathered 3 of the Tigers’ 6 overall hits. The others were gotten by Robbie Grossman (double), Wilson Ramos (single) and Greg Garcia (single).
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On the mound
Left-hander Tyler Alexander tossed a scoreless 5th and 6th innings. As anticipated, he filled the strike zone, with 16 of his 19 pitches choosing strikes. Yet he just got one strikeout. His pitch-to-contact technique permitted 2 hits however no strolls. Right-hander Joe Jimenez went into in the seventh inning and reached the mid-90s with his fastball while getting 3 called strikes with his slider. Righty Dollar Farmer worked himself into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 8th, thanks to 2 strolls and one single, however he got away unharmed with a groundout. Bryan Garcia permitted 2 runners in the ninth however got a double play off an acrobatic catch and toss from Greg Garcia. The right-hander set out Troy Stokes Jr. — a previous Tiger — to end the video game.
1. Boyd, 2. Nunez, 3. Cabrera.
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Evan Petzold is a sports press reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.
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