Miguel Cabrera hits walk-off single for Detroit Tigers in 5-4 win over Minnesota Twins

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Detroit Free Press 17 July, 2021 - 09:51pm 18 views

Why is Twins game postponed?

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers' doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Comerica Park has been postponed due to rain. Intense and lasting rainfall throughout the morning and afternoon Friday forced the teams to cancel the first games back from the All-Star break. WDIV ClickOnDetroitDetroit Tigers doubleheader vs. Twins postponed -- here's the plan for making up both games

Detroit Tigers snap losing streak against Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of doubleheader

Detroit Free Press 17 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

The offense was silenced the rest of the way, but the Tigers (41-51) used pitching and defense to lock down a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader at Comerica Park. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak, handed to them by the Twins in a four-game sweep in Minneapolis before the All-Star break.

"That last series before the break, that hurt," reliever Daniel Norris said. "It stung a bit, just because we've been playing so well and wanted to end the first half on a high note. But they played good ball and battled, so today was big to get that win and stop the bleeding."

Before the fourth inning, Norris started warming up in the bullpen.

The bullpen picked up where Urena left off, beginning with Norris in the fourth and fifth innings. He carved through all six batters he faced, struck out two and threw 14 of 22 pitches for strikes. Norris had a 6.89 ERA through 33 appearances in the first half of the season.

"The break gave me a chance to step back and look at the positives," Norris said. "This is the best I've felt in five years. That's a huge positive for me. I know if I keep doing what I'm doing, working hard and feeling good with the stuff I've had so far this year, I think good things will happen. Hard work pays off. I believe in that."

Left-hander Gregory Soto completed the seventh unscathed for his eighth save.

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Before Urena exited, the veteran right-hander maneuvered through the Twins' lineup with ease. Entering Saturday, he owned a 13.75 ERA — with 27 earned runs, 13 walks and 14 strikeouts — over his past 17⅔ innings, which spanned five starts from June 12-July 6.

But this Urena pitched much better.

"He was going to get five or six innings if he continued to execute the way he did," Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. "Going through their lineup, which is primarily left-handed, was good to see. Unfortunately for him and for us, his groin barked a little bit.

In his three scoreless innings, the two hits Urena allowed were singles to Jorge Polanco in the second inning and Arraez in the third inning. He worked six ground-ball outs and struck out two batters, giving a flashback to his successes earlier in the season.

From April 16-May 2, Urena delivered four straight starts of at least seven innings, with two earned runs or less. But he hasn't pitched as well since going to the 10-day injured list May 29 with a right forearm strain

In the second inning, Zack Short executed a diving play on the second-base side of the infield for the second out, with runners on first and second base, potentially avoiding the tying run scoring.

Urena struck out the next batter, Ben Rortvedt, to end the inning.

The next inning, Short made a sharp backhanded play. He tracked a grounder from Arraez, fielding the ball deep in the hole at shortstop and fired a running throw to first baseman Jonathan Schoop. Short's throw beat Arraez, but Schoop couldn't cleanly pick the ball. The play was ruled an infield single.

The Twins claimed him off waivers June 22 and called him up before Saturday's game, opening the door for him to pitch against his former team in his old ballpark.

Burrows entered in the fifth inning with a runner on first and two outs, after Barnes completed 4⅔ innings of one-run ball. Schoop singled to keep the inning alive, but Eric Haase popped out. Burrows also pitched a scoreless sixth inning. He threw 20 of 32 pitches for strikes.

Before Saturday's doubleheader, shortstop Niko Goodrum was scratched with left calf tightness. He was replaced in the lineup and batting order by Short. Goodrum came back from the 10-day injured list July 7, after sitting out since June 19 with a left finger tendon injury.

A.J. Hinch Thanks Detroit Tigers Fans for Creating 'Nice Vibe' at Comerica Park

Sports Illustrated 17 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

The announced attendance was 31,624 for the Detroit Tigers taking on the Minnesota Twins, and the hometown team did not disappoint. 

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop scored from first base on a Miguel Cabrera pop up behind second that was misjudged by the Twins. 

“Thanks to the fans for coming out and creating a great night. ... We’re trying to earn their respect," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters following his team's 5-4 victory over to sweep a doubleheader against an A.L. Central rival. 

Recall, the Twins swept the Tigers in the series prior to the All-Star break. 

The team earned a 1-0 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.

“It’s a step in the right direction for the entire organization, to have this type of environment.”

The crowd Saturday evening was the largest crowd at Comerica Park since July of 2019. 

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