Mariners start their journey with a 5-3 loss to the Tigers
DETROIT – Detroit Tigers rookie wide receiver Eric Haase has apparently come out of nowhere, already scoring six home runs this month.
Matthew Boyd, however, insisted he saw it coming after throwing at Haase during the offseason.
Haase extended his power operation by hitting a two-run homerun in the first inning to help Detroit beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Tuesday night.
“I think everyone around our team knew what Eric could do,” Boyd said. “Once he got the chance, he made the most of it. He’s a great catcher and he can really hit the ball.
Boyd (3-6) allowed an unearned run, six hits and a walk in six innings. Daniel Norris inherited the loaded goals without a strikeout in the eighth and limited Seattle to two points. Jose Cisnero pitched the ninth, striking out two on strikes and walking one to his second save on three occasions.
Marco Gonzales (1-4) allowed four runs and five hits in four innings in his second start since returning from a left forearm injury.
“Marco was not as sharp as last time around and it will happen,” said manager Scott Servais. “He improved in the third and fourth innings. “
Before Gonzales moved in, the Tigers took advantage of him by scoring four runs in two innings.
Robbie Grossman started the game with a brace to score on Miguel Cabrera’s single.
Seattle got a break in the second when Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop failed to line up a bouncing ball to his backhand, allowing Donovan Walton to score. Derek Hill’s single – his first career RBI – gave Detroit a three-point lead in the second.
After the game, Hill had the chance to share a few words with his father in the stands.
“It was a good time,” he said.
The Tigers made good defensive plays, including making three double plays, to maintain their lead. Schoop made up for his mistake on the pitch with a single RBI in the fifth to put them ahead 5-1.
The Mariners gave themselves a chance to come back in the eighth, charging up the bases without Joe Jimenez retiring in an 11 length outing.
Norris came in and allowed Shed Long Jr. to strike in a double play, which allowed a point to score. Taylor Trammell followed with an RBI brace to reduce Seattle’s deficit to 5-3 and Norris struck out Jack Mayfield to come out of the inning.
“We have this version of ourselves within us and it’s great when it all comes together,” manager AJ Hinch said.
Detroit is 4-0 against the Mariners and 20-35 against other teams this season.
“The Tigers have had our numbers so far this year,” Servais said. “We didn’t swing the bat well against them.”
Spencer Turnbull threw a hit, with Haase catching, last month in Seattle.
Sailors: RHP Kendall Graveman, who is on the COVID-19 injured list, could join the Mariners on their road trip. … The team are hoping LHP Yusei Kikuchi will make his next start after being hit by a comebacker on Saturday. “I saw him cross the street and he wasn’t limping,” Servais said.
Tigers: Turnbull (straight forearm) takes a few days off. … RHP Michael Fulmer, on the 10-day injured list with a strained shoulder, is not expected to be away for long. “We’re optimistic it will be a short stint,” Hinch said.
Seattle has recalled outfielder Dillon Thomas from Triple-A Tacoma and designated receiver Jacob Nottingham for assignment.
The Mariners had previously sent Jarred Kelenic back to the minors, hoping the much-vaunted 21-year-old outfielder could unplug after a 0-for-39 collapse.
“A lot of young players need to take a step back,” Servais said. “I think he’ll be better off in the long run.”
The Tigers have recalled much-vaunted infielder Isaac Paredes from Triple-A Toledo to replace Jeimer Candelario. Candelario has been placed on the mourning list to take care of a family affair in the Dominican Republic.
Seattle is set to start RHP Chris Flexen (5-3, 4.70) and Detroit plans to put RHP Casey Mize (3-4, 3.34) on the mound Wednesday night in Game 2 of the three-game series.