A two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. The game was tied 1-1 when Cron connected. Niko Goodrum had homered earlier. There was some drama in the bottom of the ninth, when Joe Jiménez gave up a pair of doubles to let in one run, then hit a batter. A double play on a hard-hit ball by Joey Votto ended the game, and earned Jiménez his second save of the season. Starter Spencer Turnbull was sharp, giving up a run on three hits over five innings.
The Tigers play their home opener against the Kansas City Royals tonight. Michael Fulmer will start against Mike Montgomery. Fulmer will pitch no more than three innings, as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Milwaukee Brewers got just three hits, as they fell to the Chicago Cubs 9-1 yesterday. Starter Freddy Peralta gave up a run in the second inning, then left as the Cubs scored four times in the fourth. Justin Grimm was touched for three runs in the eighth.
The Brewers will visit the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Adrian Houser will pitch against Steven Brault.
Milwaukee reliever Eric Lauer has cleared COVID-19 protocol, and rejoined the team yesterday. Pitcher Mike Morin was designated for assignment.
Two more Reds were scratched from the Cincinnati lineup yesterday. Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel didn’t play because they felt ill. It’s not known if they have become COVID-19 victims. Meanwhile, the Florida Marlins have now lost three of their catchers to illness, and pitcher José Ureña didn’t make his start yesterday at Philadelphia. The Marlins delayed their trip back to Miami for their scheduled home opener tonight, and said that multiple players could remain behind in Philly, in quarantine. Major League Baseball is not disclosing which players test positive for COVID-19, although individual players may do so, if they wish.
Slow Pitch Softball
McGann’s/Northern Auto won the Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League tournament over the weekend. Bucko’s/Labatts finished as runner-up, and Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics placed third. Craig Koski from McGann’s was playoff MVP. Andy Bourdeau claimed the Glen Peterson sportsmanship award. McGann’s also won the regular-season championship, with a record of 13-1.
In Copper Country Horseshoe League play this evening…
• Dreamland Two faces Ahmeek Fire Department at the Dreamland Bar.
• L and L meets Drift Inn at the Drift Inn.
• Rocky’s plays Calumet Electronics at Rocky’s Bar.
• Dreamland One takes on 41 Lumber at the Gipp Recreation Area.
• Calumet One faces Bucko’s Party Store at Buckie’s.
• Harter’s Party Store meets Loading Zone at the Lake Linden Park.
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