Tarik Skubal looks like an ace in Detroit Tigers 5-0 win over Twins

Tarik Skubal looks like an ace in Detroit Tigers 5-0 win over Twins

The Detroit Tigers played a winning brand of baseball, shining in all three facets – throwing, hitting and defending – against the Minnesota Twins. Clicking on all cylinders has been a rarity for most of this season.

On Wednesday, the Tigers executed a plan that almost guarantees a win.

“We had to start playing well a long time ago,” manager AJ Hinch said. “Hopefully in the last two weeks we’ve seen ourselves take a step forward in a few different areas. … We’re starting to show that outside of the rankings, the record, we’re focusing more on the hand game , and better things happen.

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Left-handed starter Tarik Skubal went seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.15, and two relievers scored a pair of scoreless frames. The offense had nine hits and passed the baton in a fifth inning four run. The defense, without shortstop Javier Báez, made no mistakes until third baseman Jeimer Candelario’s pitching error in the ninth inning.

Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal gets the ball out of his glove first for a third-inning out against the Twins on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Comerica Park.

Those performances made it a 5-0 win over the Twins at Comerica Park in the fourth of five games to win the series. The Tigers (20-30) have won 11 of their last 18 games, as well as each of their last two series, both against American League Central opponents.

Despite the solid attack and defense, Wednesday’s game belonged to Skubal. The 25-year-old dominated his seven innings, allowing just two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

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