Tigers 10, Angels 3
It started off well enough. As well as a game could start, in fact.
David Fletcher took a 2-0 fastball from Matthew Boyd and blasted it over 400 feet into the left field seats.
But Tyler Skaggs would immediately give that lead away in the bottom half of the first, assisted by some atrocious defense from Brian Goodwin. With runners on the corners and two outs, Ronny Rodriguez flared a hit into left field just out of the reach of Goodwin. The left fielder inexplicably attempted to dive at the ball, and when the ball rolled by him, both Tigers scored. Rodriguez ended up at third.
From there, the Tigers never stopped pouring it on. They got another two in the third, aided by an overmailed throw from (you guessed it) Goodwin. In the fifth inning, the Tigers put the game out of reach. Skaggs never had full command over his pitches today, continuing a trend of inconsistency present throughout his career. The Tigers strung together four straight two-out hits off him in the fifth, knocking him out, and for good measure, Zack Cozart made a throwing error.
Meanwhile, the Angels offense was pretty stale. Mike Trout struck out thrice, lowering his batting average to .280 and making Angel fans all over the world question what in the weather god’s name is wrong with him. Shohei Ohtani added two strikeouts and was hit in the right elbow where his heavy protection is. He appeared fine.
Jonathan Lucroy smashed a solo HR in the seventh and added an RBI double in the ninth, but it was not a pretty game. Cody Allen appears to be Cody Allen again, giving up a triple and a HR in his one inning of work.
Tomorrow is a day game!