Few combinations of words inspire such little confidence in Detroit Tigers fans as “bullpen day.”
With RHP Spencer Turnbull missing his turn in the rotation on Thursday with forearm discomfort, Detroit manager A.J. Hinch had to turn to his pen in an attempt to capture the series win over the visiting Seattle Mariners.
As if being without a starting pitcher is not bad enough, it gets worse: RHP Michael Fulmer recently hit the 10-Day IL, LHP Daniel Norris threw 30 pitches in Wednesday night’s 11-inning loss and both LHP Derek Holland and RHP Rony Garcia unexpectedly hit the injured list on Thursday morning.
We’re happy to report that everything went better than expected. The Tigers offense carried the day, and the bullpen held up their end en route to an 8-3 victory and a series win.
Tyler Alexander took the mound first and was followed by Bryan Garcia, Jason Foley, Joe Jimenez, Alex Lange and Gregory Soto with no one surrendering more than a single run in their turn.
Of course, it helps when the bats put up eight runs on 11 hits.
Things looked grim early when OF Mitch Haniger took Alexander deep in the second AB of the game, but 1B Jonathan Schoop answered in the…