They don’t call it “Shotime” for nothing. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani figured prominently on the mound and at the plate in Detroit Wednesday. The Tigers dropped their third straight, this time 3-1. Ohtani gave up just six hits in eight innings on the mound. Even more impressive, only one of those knocks was more than a single. Tigers left fielder Willi Castro went deep in the fifth inning for the team’s lone run.
Ohtani helped himself out at the plate. He led off the top of the eighth inning with a home run to add some insurance to a slim lead, which held up. It was his league-leading 40th blast of the season. Miguel is still waiting on number 500 in his career. He managed one single in Wednesday’s game.
The Tigers’ Tarik Skubal wasn’t too shabby himself, throwing 6.2 innings of two-run ball and taking the hard luck loss. Former Tiger Justin Upton tagged him for a home run in the first with two outs and a man on in an otherwise sterling effort.
The teams close their series Thursday with a matinee affair. Former White Sox hurler Jose Quintana goes for LA against Tigers rookie Matt Manning.
Former Tiger Avasail Garcia, remember Mini Miggy? is having an amazing campaign for the Milwaukee Brewers. His 23rd home run of the year tied it in the ninth in Saint Louis Wednesday. The Crew tacked on three more in the 10th inning to win 6-4 against the Cardinals. It was the 74th win of the season already.
Thursday’s pitching matchup is a favorable one. Brandon Woodruff expected to toe the slab against veteran Jon Lester at Busch Stadium.
The Finlandia Lions Men’s Baseball team has a new commitment. Michael Kolb of Covina, California is expected to contribute for the squad on the mound, says Head Coach Evan Brandt.
“Michael is going to be a great addition to our program. I compare him to the Hale brothers who are currently in our program. Michael has great arm strength on the mound and big upside. He will profile as a big inning guy for us over the next four years. Michael’s fastball is strong with great command and his off-speed pitches are going to miss barrels. Off the field, Michael is a great kid that again fits in with the character we are looking for in our student-athletes.”