Tigers 4, Dodgers 2: No late rally this time, but it was a surprisingly eventful game

Well, so much for that five-game winning streak, as it came to an end with the Tigers leading pole-to-pole in a 4-2 loss for the Dodgers.

While the game itself wasn’t great, the stuff happening in it were pretty cool.


Bobby Miller got his night off to a dominating start, striking out the side in the 1st, though it did take him 22 pitches.

In the 2nd, the Tigers got the scoring started behind a lead-off double and then a soft single by Tyler Nevin to make it 1-0.

But it was the 3rd that was a big inning, as it looked like certain disaster. A single, wild pitch, walk, and hit batter loaded the bases to start the inning with nobody out. Spencer Torkelson then lined a ball to left-center field that seemed destined to be a three-run double, but James Outman played superhero by laying out at full extension for a robbery to relegate it to just a sacrifice fly.

Amazing, really.

After Miller was able to close the inning with a pair of outs, it was 2-0 to the Tigers but it could’ve been much worse.

While his outing to that point had been rocky, Miller then got three clean innings in a row. So including him salvaging that 3rd frame, he ended his outing with 12 consecutive retired: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 98 Pitches.

The problem was Reese Olson, who was absolutely dominant in his six innings. He gave up just one walk to everybody not named Max Muncy, so needless to say the Dodgers didn’t have much going for them today.

Thankfully, one of Muncy’s hits was a homer in the 6th, his 36th of the year to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Unfortunately, Muncy also played a role in giving that run back in the 7th. With Ryan Brasier on the mound, an infield single was followed by a double play started by Muncy, but then he made a throwing error from around shortstop. After the runner stole second, Carson Kelly singled to make it 3-1 before the inning ended.

The Tigers didn’t stop there, as Evan Phillips followed in the 8th and gave up a two-out double, and then an Andy Ibanez single to push the Tigers lead to 4-1.

On the other side, there was a clean 7th for the Tigers pen, but the 8th led to a rally behind an Austin Barnes walk and Mookie Betts double. However, they were only able to push one run across on a Freddie Freeman groundout as they were stopped at 4-2.

After an emotional night yesterday, Brusdar Graterol was back on the mound in the 9th and got another 1-2-3 frame. More importantly, there was this:

They couldn’t get anything going in the 9th, though. With two outs they were gifted a baserunner on an error, but that was it.


It was an … eventful game, no doubt.

There was a … uh, bubble delay during the game.

Joe Davis is doing sound effects now.

Muncy confused face.


Dodgers93-58 (3.5 GB)
Brewers86-66 (11 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

The Dodgers will remain at home and welcome struggling rivals in the Giants looking to kill off their playoff hopes, starting at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET. It’ll be Emmet Sheehan looking to build up to the playoffs against Kyle Harrison.

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