This was a very early Saturday game featuring Reid Detmers.
Luis Rengifo and Shohei Ohtani got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single by Rengifo.
Then in the second inning Andrew Velasquez homered to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately, Reid Detmers got into so much trouble in the bottom of the second inning that he walked in the tying run in the person of Tucker Barnhart. Javier Baez popped out to finish that frame before the Tigers did any further damage. There was this nice defensive play that saved a run earlier in the inning.
Jonathan Schoop had to leave the game. It looked like he might have gotten hurt in that play. The report was that he injured his ankle.
In the third, Luis Rengifo singled and then David Fletcher singled to advance him to third base. Jo Adell hit a sacrifice fly to put the Angels ahead again. Small ball still gets the job done.
Small ball also got the job done for the Tigers who tied up the ballgame once again in the bottom of the third.
There was no further scoring until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Detmers once again got into trouble. He was replaced by Jaime Barria with two men on and one out. Barria struck Tucker Barnhart out on three pitches before Victor Reyes put the Tigers back ahead with a single to center field. 4-3 Tigers.
In the sixth inning, Jo Adell singled and Jared Walsh bunted him over to second with two outs, counting Walsh’s out. Max Stassi hit a fly ball out to center field to end the minor threat. Jaime Barria got out of the sixth inning without giving up a run.
Alex Lange came in to replace Tyler Alexander as the Tigers pitcher in the top of the seventh. He retired the Angels in order. Jaime Barria returned the favor by retiring the Tigers in order to end the seventh inning. It was still 4-3 Tigers.
Joe Jimenez came in to replace Alex Lange for the eighth inning. He also retired the Angels in order. Aaron Loup came in to replace Jaime Barria. He retired the Tigers in order to keep it 4-3 Tigers.
Gregory Soto came in to pitch for Joe Jimenez. Jo Adell popped out. Kurt Suzuki pinch hit for Jared Walsh. (Soto is a southpaw.) Suzuki drew a walk to bring up Max Stassi. Magneuris Sierra pinch ran for Suzuki. Max Stassi grounded into a double play to end the game. The Angels lost a tough one today.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi