Cubs mauled in Detroit by Tigers
Outfielder Rajai Davis helped out his starting pitcher by robbing what should have been a two-run home run by catcher David Ross as the Detroit Tigers would go on to shutting out the Chicago Cubs, 6-0.
It was all Miguel Cabrera and those vicious cats throughout the entire game, forcing Cubs skipper Joe Maddon to turn to his bullpen after just 4 1/3 frames. Thankfully, Chicago has multiple pitchers in their bullpen who are capable for eating up as many innings as possible before handing the rest of the workload over Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.
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Detroit struck early during the bottom half of the first on an RBI single by Cabrera, making it 1-0. Ian Kinsler – who was a part of that huge Prince Fielder exchange with the Rangers not too long ago – played a huge part in consecutive innings in which the Tigers would plate two runs in the fifth and sixth frames.
Kinsler recorded his 14th double of the season in the home half of the fifth, driving in Davis who put himself in scoring position on a one-out stand-up triple to center field.
With the Tigers already leading 4-0, J.D. Martinez would pad their lead with an RBI single, allowing Kinsler to cross home plate, making it a five-run deficit.
Jon Lester (4-5, 4.25 ERA) continued his struggles on the mound, allowing the Tigers to tag him for five earned runs on nine hits while issuing two free passes and recording five punch outs. Edwin Jackson took over for the struggling southpaw, picking up the remaining 3 2/3 frames.
Jackson gave up a lead-off double to Josh Wilson in the sixth then managed to retire both Jose Iglesias and Davis with the heart of the order due up. Kinsler recorded his third RBI of the night on a soft ground ball to Addison Russell.
Russell made a beautiful diving play while holding down second base but was unable to throw Kinsler out at first which resulted in an infield hit.
Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.16 ERA) was stellar tonight against the Chicago Cubs, working 7 2/3 scoreless frames. Sanchez allowed only six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts but was pulled after throwing a wild pitch and a walk to Kris Bryant.
Both Chamberlain and Alex Wilson worked a combined 1 1/3 innings with just two hits allowed and two strikeouts.