Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tigers Eat Up Marlins

     The Miami Marlins started a nine-game road trip and were stopped by the Detroit Tigers 7-5 at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. It was the third trip in Marlins franchise history to the Motor City and their first since 2004.
     Miami(41-36) waited until the second inning to go ahead 2-0. After Marcell Ozuna got on base with a lead-off single, Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run homer to straight-away center field on a 2-1 pitch for his 15th home run of the season. Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley compiled six strikeouts in the first two innings and eight K's after three innings of work.
     Detroit(39-38) surrendered another run during the fifth inning. Christian Yelich hit a line drive down the left-field line for a double and got to third on a fielding error by Justin Upton. Two batters later, Yelich scored on a base hit by Stanton into right field to make it 3-0.
     The Tigers responded with seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Following a Mike Aviles walk with one out, Jose Iglesias popped a two-run home run to left-center field to cut the deficit down to 3-2.
     Ian Kinsler came up and got to second on a double to left field then Cameron Maybin walked. Miguel Cabrera smacked a three-run homer to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch for his 17th home run of the season and his 425th of his career.
     They capped things as Victor Martinez singled to right and Nick Castellanos knocked a two-run home run into center field for his 14th home run of the year.
     Ichiro Suzuki got his second hit of the contest in the eighth inning and passed Sam Rice with his 2.986th base hit for 30th place all-time in major league baseball history. There is no other player to pass until he reaches 3,000 base hits which is held by Roberto Clemente.

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