Twins 2, Tigers 0
Drew Smyly (10 GS, 60.1 IP, 3.58 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 0.4 fWAR) didn’t look like he was going to have a great night early on, but he managed to hold the Twins to one run in six innings of work, giving the Tigers a very good opportunity to win the opener. Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to generate any offense on Friday night. They had a couple of threats, but could not deliver especially in the 5th inning when Ausmus took the bat out of Kinsler’s hands and watched a budding rally crumble during the next two at bats. It was a poor choice, but failing to score at all against Kyle Gibson isn’t solely on the manager. Joe Nathan came in for the 9th to get some work and it wasn’t exactly an impressive tune-up, as he loaded the bases and walked in a run before getting yanked for Phil Coke who escaped the jam. The Tigers could not come back against Perkins despite a Castellanos double and fell to 34-29 on the season. It’ll be Anibal Sanchez (10 GS, 56.1 IP, 2.24 ERA, 2.34 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) tomorrow afternoon.
The Moment: Phil Coke keeps things from getting worse in the 9th.