Detroit Tigers lose in 10th inning on Javier Báez error

Two-time All-Star Javier Báez put the Detroit Tigers ahead with a go-ahead single in the top of the 10th inning, but in the bottom half of the extra inning the shortstop built the momentum for his team with its 23rd mistake in MLB lead.

The Angels scored two runs late in the 10th.

The pitching error allowed the Los Angeles Angels to tie the game on four runs, and the Tigers lost, 5-4, on Magneuris Sierra’s bunt single on the first pitch after manager AJ Hinch brought together left-hander Andrew Chafin and his defense. around the mound to the game plan with runners in the corners.

The Tigers (51-85) have dropped their fourth straight game.

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To start the bottom of 10th, Taylor Ward — the free over-innings runner — moved to third base on Matt Duffy’s deep flyout to right field. On the next pitch, Andrew Velazquez hit a ground ball to Báez.

Angels first baseman Mike Ford follows up on a solo home run in the second inning as Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart looks on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif.

As Duffy ran, Báez snatched the pitch from receiver Eric Haase and the Angels tied the score at four runs. A wild pitch that followed pushed Velazquez to third base, and a six-pitch walk to Chad Wallach added a runner to first base.

Sierra, who entered with a .177 batting average in 36 games, hit a lead on the first pitch on the first base line for the ricochet victory.

End of round drama

The Tigers called up right-handed reliever Joe Jiménez, instead of closest left-hander Gregory Soto, from the bullpen to face Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Luis Rengifo with the game tied at the bottom of ninth.

Jiménez worked around a two-out single from Luis Rengifo and sent the contest into extra innings. The Tigers rewarded his effort in the 10th inning, as Báez delivered a clutch single into right field on a slider outside the strike zone.

After Jiménez’ ninth, pinch runner Kody Clemens — the free runner on second base — advanced to third base on a two-strike single by Eric Haase off right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera in his second inning of work. With runners on corners and two outs, Báez had a chance to tie the game.

He received four consecutive sliders from Tepera, all down and out of the box. He crossed the first two pitches, looked at third for a ball, and hit fourth into right field.

He received four consecutive sliders from Tepera, all down and out of the box. He crossed the first two pitches, looked at third for a ball, and hit fourth into right field.

Clemens scored from third for a 4-3 lead.

Save the E-Rod

Three solo homers nearly ruined left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez’s solid finish, but the Tigers offense backed him up to tie the game, 3-3, in the top of the eighth inning. He completed seven innings and gave his team a chance to win.

Rodriguez, in his fourth start since returning from the shortlist, fared better against the Angles than in his previous outing against the Seattle Mariners. Last Thursday, he allowed six runs (five earned runs) in four innings in a 7-0 loss.

In Anaheim, Rodriguez had a rocky start.

Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez reacts after giving up a second inning home run on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif.

In the first inning, Trout threw a first-pitch fastball at 90.2 mph — Rodriguez’s fourth pitch of the game — for his third homer in the past three days. The ball traveled immediately to center field with an exit speed of 109.2 mph, and based on Rodriguez’s immediate reaction, he knew he had just given up on Trout’s 31st homer.

Trout is batting .299 with seven home runs in 18 games since returning from the injured list.

The scoring continued with two outs in the second inning. Rodriguez trailed 2-0 in the count against Mike Ford, who smoked an elevated fastball over the right field wall. He put the Angels ahead 2-0, and Adell increased the margin to 3-0 with his solo shot on Rodriguez’s two-shot cutter.

Entering Tuesday, Rodriguez had not conceded a home run against any of his 375 four-seam fastballs this season. In Tuesday’s game, however, two of his 38 four-seam players were run over for homers.

The rest of the way, Rodriguez dominated the Angels.

He struck out 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.

Rodriguez allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, throwing 60 of 90 pitches for strikes. He didn’t walk and recorded three strikeouts. He threw 38 four seams (42%), 26 cutters (29%), 13 changes (14%), 11 sinkers (12%) and two sliders (2%). His seven swings and misses came across five four seams and two changes.

find an offense

For the eighth inning, the Angels turned to left-hander José Quijada.

A one-out error – hitting Willi Castro with a two-strike fastball – proved costly for Quijada, as Victor Reyes doubled two, putting two runners in goal position for Báez. Right-hander Jimmy Herget, a better match with Báez, took over on the mound.

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez makes a run in the eighth inning of the Tigers 5-4 10-inning loss on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Anaheim, Calif.

Báez swung on a first-pitch slider in the middle and hit the ground at third base, but advancing the ball was more than enough. Willi Castro scored to tie the game, 3-3, with two outs in the eighth.

The Angels intentionally traded Harold Castro in favor of a game with rookie Spencer Torkelson. Torkelson swung on four straight pitches — fouling two — and hit swinging on a slider down and away for the third out.

For their first two runs, the Tigers scored in the fourth and sixth innings.

Torkelson, who went 1 for 4, returned a 96.5 mph fastball to the middle and center of the field for an RBI single at fourth. It was the 23-year-old’s first success since returning from Triple-A Toledo. In the sixth, Báez’s groundout at third base (on a slider in the strike zone) scored Willi Castro.

Right-hander Mike Mayers started for the Angels, marking his fourth start this season and seventh of his MLB career. He pitched 195 games from 2016-22, operating mostly from the bullpen.

Against the Tigers, Mayers allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

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