Free Press Sports Writer Anthony Fenech breaks down Tigers' 5-3 loss to Orioles Monday afternoon in Baltimore.
Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press
BALTIMORE – With Detroit Tiger's reeling lost 12 of their last 13 games into Tuesday's match against Baltimore Orioles was the time for Matthew Boyd to step up.
It was Boyd's four-innings start against Astros on May 13, which started the slide, and he couldn't stop it in his next two starts against athletics and marlin, though he did everything he could on May 23 and threw six speechless innings.
Tuesday night he went out and served the winner.
Boyd slammed 6 speechless innings, giving only five singles (six hits in total) & 3-39 victory. Boyd knocked out eight strokes and went one. His 12-innings scoreless streak is the team's longest this season.
Matthew Boyd from Detroit Tigers pitches against Baltimore Orioles during the first entry into Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 28, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Will Newton, Getty Images)
The Tigers gave him three runs – Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single at the top of the first inning, and JaCoby Jones hit a RBI double at the top of the other and Niko Goodrum hit a solo home run in the fifth inning – which was probably against an underlying Baltimore offense.
The biggest situation came in the seventh, when Boyd allowed the first two men and gave way to reliever Buck Farmer. The red handler did his job and smashed both of him over, and Daniel Stumpf took a left-to-left to finish the entrance.
Joe Jimenez hit a scoreless eighth and Shane Greene retrieved his 17th space saving in the ninth. With the victory, the tigers spoke a three-game losing knit.
Here are three observations from Tigers' 3-0 victory over Baltimore:
For as good as Boyd was throughout his six innings, the back edge of the tiger bears did their part to ensure the win, where they scored three scoreless innings. The farmer's two strikeouts came in the biggest situation in the game, with Orioles threatening, and although it wasn't easy – Jimenez forged 31 places – he danced out of potentially self-inflicted injury in the eighth. Jimenez walked an ass, hit another and knocked out two.
Although the results have not stopped, the tigers have scored early in the game and taken some of the pressure from their starting pot. In each of their three matches against Mets on the weekend, they scored in the first inning. In this game, Cabrera in Christin Stewart ran with two outs in the first and Jones drove in Grayson Greiner with two outs in the other. It was not an offensive explosion in any way – they only once scored on a wall-scraping home run by Niko Goodrum – but the early runs put them in a good position.
Boyd was good again. He allowed singles in each of the first four innings, but no one really started a threat. His fastball speed was a bit up, perhaps due to the damp conditions in Baltimore. Overall, it was a winning 2019 Boyd performance, though he would certainly have wanted to avoid the seventh-inning problems that drew him from the game. In the victory, Boyd lowered his season ERA to 2.85.