Detroit Tigers lose to Twins, 4-2, despite Matt Manning’s first gem
The Detroit Tigers offense is staggering as the All-Star break approaches.
They went scoreless in seven innings on Friday in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, their second straight loss to Minneapolis.
The Twins scored all their runs in the sixth inning.
Robbie Grossman gave the Tigers a two-run homerun in the eighth.
Matt Manning pitched over five innings and was charged with two runs and loss while allowing just two hits and recording three strikeouts.
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Manning the mix
Like Tarik Skubal on Thursday, Manning didn’t allow any hits before a fifth out.
He was lucky from the start, as Luis Arraez’s liner landed in Jeimer Candelario’s glove and Josh Donaldson’s 400-foot explosion in the center was caught on the wall by Akil Baddoo. Miguel Sano sent right fielder Nomar Mazara to the warning track in third, but Manning then settled in.
The 6-foot-6 Manning relied more on his secondary throws, throwing them 48 percent of the time before his outing was over.
Minnesota’s first hit, Max Kepler’s single, came after Jorge Polanco walked up. Manning responded by hitting Sano with a slider and inducing a ground low from Ben Rortvedt on a fastball.
Manning, who allowed 11 runs and 16 hits in 6 innings in his two previous starts, was called out in the sixth after giving up a single start to Arraez and a walk to Donaldson.
Krol’s comeback goes wrong
Ian Krol’s first major league appearance in over three years had no storybook ending.
Raised from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the week and brought in to replace Manning, Krol hesitated with runners in the first and second row to place them both in scoring position. The 30-year-old right-hander then yielded a single RBI to Trevor Larnach in front of the drawn infield and a sacrifice volley to Sano.
After a walk and a flyout, Kepler hit a left liner that went under Grossman’s glove and bounced off the wall. The two-run treble gave the Twins a 4-0 lead and ended Krol’s frustrating run.
His last major league outing was in May 2018 for the Los Angeles Angels. He made 78 relief appearances with the Tigers in 2014-15.
Grossman reaches the best of his career
Grossman missed Thursday’s game after dipping a finger into first base during a pickup Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.
He didn’t put the ball into play until the eighth on Friday, walking once and stripping twice.
Grossman shot a fastball inside Caleb Thielbar on the left-field wall for his career-high 12th homer this season. He hit 11 home runs for Minnesota in 2016.
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