Sunday, the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves to snap an eight-game losing streak. Monday, it was business as per usual for this 2018 spring training. The boys from the Motor City fell to the Washington Nationals in Florida 5-4. The Tigers took the early 1-0 lead in the first and upped it to 3-1 by the sixth. However, the Nationals came alive in the 8th inning when a Juan Soto double scored Spencer Kieboom. Soto later scored himself on a passed ball by Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner. The Nationals were able to take the lead 4-3, tacking on another run in the top of the ninth to make it 5-3. Mike Gerber tried to keep Detroit alive with a home run in the bottom of the ninth, but the Tigers fell just short of at least tying the game.
- Edwin Jackson got the start on the mound for the Nationals. As you may remember, Jackson once donned the Olde English D back in 2009. He threw for a 13-9 record and a 3.26 ERA, good enough to earn him a spot in the All-Star game that year. The Tigers traded the 15-year vet in a three-team trade that brought Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Daniel Schlereth Max Scherzer to Detroit. Jackson went on to pitch for more than a dozen teams, including a 2012 stint with the Nationals, before ending up back in Washington in 2017. He posted a 5-6 record with a 5.21 ERA that year. Today, Jackson pitched for three innings, giving up three hits and one earned run while walking and striking out two.
- A silver lining in the Tigers loss was the solid start by Matt Boyd. The lefty struck out three batters while allowing only one hit. Last year, Boyd posted a 6-11 record with a 5.27 ERA. Boyd is boasting a 2-0 record this spring training. Hopefully his momentum continues into the regular season.
WISH: 5 R, 10 H, 0 E
DET: 4 R, 9 H, 1 E
M. Boyd: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
R. Carpenter: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 K
M. Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
E. Burgos: 0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB
Z. Reininger: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, L
J. Russell: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB
J. Schreiber: 0.2 IP, 1 K