After losing Game 1 and 2, the Detroit Tigers were poised to finally snag a victory against the Los Angeles Angels. However, awful pitching in the early stages put Detroit in a huge hole. Even though the Tigers made a valiant effort to comeback, the Angels won 8-6 on Saturday.
It all started with a Mike Trout 434-foot home run to center field. Then, the home run derby unleashed. Kole Calhoun belted one to right center to make it 2-0 after the bottom of the first inning.
"We were due for it," Trout said. "The last couple of games, we've been hitting balls hard, but they just weren't falling in. And tonight we got a couple over the fence."
Yoenis Cespedes hit his seventh home run in the top of the second inning to try and inch the Tigers back.
In the bottom of the second, Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene gave up three long balls and a total of five RBI, but the Agels hit a total of five home runs and seven RBI. Matt Joyce homered to center, Carlos Perez homered to center, and Albert Pujols absolutely crushed the ball to left, scoring both Dioner Davarro and Trout.
"We got the big lead, and I think it obviously gave Weave a little bit of breathing room where he could just pitch and not worry that one mistake would cost him the ballgame," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The bats came alive, and it was a good night for it. We needed it because we haven't been scoring a lot of runs. So it's good to get them early like we did tonight."
Greene went 1.2 innings pitched, giving up seven earned runs on six hits and one walk. According to Baseball Reference, Greene is now the only player in Major League Baseball to give give up five home runs in less than two innings.
"It was just one of those nights. The ball was traveling well," Tigers reliever Alex Wilson said. "They've got some big guys who can hit some homers, and tonight they ran into a few."
On August 1, 2001, Rob Bell of the Texas Rangers gave up five over exactly two innings against the New York Yankees. Greene went one out less than Bell, so the record has been handed over to Greene.
With the loss, Greene is 4-4 with a 5.19 ERA on the 2015 season.
Impressively enough, Wilson came on in relief of Greene and locked down the Los Angeles hitting. Wilson went 3.2 innings and posting zero's across the board. He did not even strike anyone out after 40 thrown pitches. He lowered his ERA to 1.71 after an impressive relief appearance.
Miguel Cabrera, James McCann and Ian Kinsler were the centerpieces to help the Tigers make their comeback, but the team came up just short.
Cabrera doubled to center in the third inning to score Anthony Gose. McCann doubled to right to score J.D. Martinez in the eighth inning and Kinsler homered to center in the ninth inning, but it was not enough as Detroit lost 8-6.
Jered Weaver stole the win after going 6.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on nine hits. The normal strikeout-heavy thrower sent only three Tiger hitters down on strikes over 96 pitches. He is now 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA.
"The boys came out swinging. I was able to get some runs, and it was nice to pitch with a lead like that because you can be a little bit more aggressive in the zone," Weaver said. "I tried to go out there and pitch to contact as much as possible and they were able to get some hits together, but I was able to maneuver myself out of some situations and tried to limit the damage."