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


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

The Detroit Tigers played a successful baseball against the Minnesota Twins, which shone in all three facets – pitching, hitting and defense. 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,” said manager AJ Hinch. “Hopefully over the past few weeks we’ve seen us take a step forward in a few different areas. … We’re starting to show that, apart from being top of the table and the record, we’re more and more focused on the game and better things are happening.”

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Left-handed starter Tarik Skubal fired off seven scoreless innings and dropped his ERA to 2.15, and two relievers chipped in two scoreless frames. The offensive hit nine and passed the baton in a four-run fifth inning. The defense, without shortstop Javier Báez, made no mistake until third baseman Jeimer Candelario’s shot in the ninth inning.

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

Those performances resulted in 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 and each of their last two series, both against American League Central opponents.

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

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