The Detroit Tigers played a winning brand of baseball, shining in all three facets – pitching, hitting and defense – against the Minnesota Twins. Clicking on all cylinders has been a rarity for most of this season.
On Wednesday, the Tigers executed a plan that nearly guarantees a victory.
“We needed to start playing well a long time ago,” manager AJ Hinch said. “Hopefully, these last couple weeks, we’ve seen us take a step forward in a couple of different areas. … We’re starting to show that, standings aside, record aside, we’re getting more central focused on the game at hand, and better things are happening. “
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Left-handed starter Tarik Skubal fired seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.15, and two relievers chipped in a pair of scoreless frames. The offense posted nine hits and passed the baton in a four-run fifth inning. The defense, without shortstop Javier Báez, didn’t make a mistake until third baseman Jeimer Candelario’s throwing error in the ninth inning.
Those performances manufactured a 5-0 win over the Twins at Comerica Park in the fourth of five games to take the series. The Tigers (20-30) have won 11 of their past 18 games, as well as each of their past two series, both against American League Central foes.
Despite the solid offense and defense, Wednesday’s game belonged to Skubal. The 25-year-old dominated over his seven innings, allowing just two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.