It just wasn’t our day; despite a little more competitive life and a comeback attempt in the seventh inning, the Tigers held on to win the second game of the day, and sweep a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
Tarik Skubal, the young starter for the Tigers this afternoon, pitched five relatively breezy innings, and gave up two runs on just three hits. The Twins exhibited a remarkably similar scoring profile as the one they used in the first game — Marwin Gonzalez flew in the first run, and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot shortly afterward.
With that homer, Cruz takes the American League lead, as he continues to build an MVP case in this shortened season.
Minnesota nearly had another homer, were it not for the increasingly pesky Victor Reyes. After going 4-for-4 in the first game, Reyes whiffed three times at the plate, but robbed Miguel Sano of a long ball and stole another hit with a diving catch in the sixth.
A pair of two-run homers undid the Twins; Jeimer Candelario went yard in the third inning, and Miguel Cabrera broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a blast of his own.
A wild Gregory Soto appeared in the ninth, allowing the first two Twins to reach base, but induced a 5-4-3 double play and got Marwin Gonzalez looking on a full count to end things.
Detroit is on a bit of a roll now, as they find themselves not far behind the 8-seed Toronto Blue Jays.
DH Nelson Cruz (2-for-3, HR)
RP Trevor May (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, HR, K)
RP Tyler Duffey (0.2 IP, H, 2 ER, HR, 2 BB)
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