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The Detroit Tigers defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Saturday night. With the victory, Detroit advances to 42-58 on the season while Boston drops to 69-31 with the loss. Brian Johnson took the hill for the Sox and Mike Fiers did the same for the Tigers. The game was played at Comerica Park in Detroit.
It was a very uneventful game for the Red Sox, which have now lost TWICE in its last 15 games. Brian Johnson pitched well in what was his fourth consecutive spot start. He managed to get past the 5th inning in this one, too. The southpaw logged exactly five innings of zero earned run baseball (2 unearned runs) with five strikeouts and zero walks.
The other bright spot emanating from this game was this unreal catch made by Mookie Betts in the bottom 3rd.
He straight up robbed Leonys Martin of a solo shot, displaying insane hops. Betts has taken away quite a few homers this year, but this might take the cake. In fact, it is close to being the defensive highlight of the year for the Sox. He played it off so nonchalantly, too. What a man.
Anyway, there was nothing notable on the offensive side of the ball. After all, they did not manage to score a single run in the game. Betts and Andrew Benintendi had two hits apiece, which was nice but that is a pretty regular occurrence these days. Rafael Devers recorded a hit in his return from the disabled list, yet he struggled catching up with numerous high fastballs.
Mike Fiers was nails for the Tigers, pitching 6 and 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He compiled six strikeout and three walks, as well. Fiers would most certainly be an interesting trade candidate for the Sox. Their rotation could use a depth starter and he is a serviceable arm who would not cost much of anything. Perhaps tonight was an audition.
The last aspect of this game to mention was Tyler Thornburg‘s horrific 6th inning. He came in the game in relief of Johnson and was tagged for three earned runs, including a two-run bomb to left off the bat of…..Jose Iglesias. The sample, while still very small, is growing for him and he has not been great by any measure.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m. eastern on Sunday. Happy early Sale Day to you all! Chris Sale will make the start for the Red Sox while Blaine Hardy will be his adversary from the Tigers. It will be the rubber match of the three-game set.