The Detroit Tigers were lost a nail-biter game to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. A 5-run 11th inning sealed a 9-6 victory for Seattle. The Mariners improved to 31-32 this season, while the Tigers’ loss made them 25-36. Detroit now sits at fourth in the AL Central.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning off of a sacrifice fly from First Baseman Jonathan Schoop. Two innings later, the Tigers extended their lead to 3 runs on a Jake Rogers solo home run, and an RBI single from Robbie Grossman.
A Three-Run Blast from Seattle Third Baseman Kyle Seager tied the game at 3 apiece in the 6th inning, and it would remain tied into the 10th inning.
Although they lost by three runs, the Tigers were about 6 inches from winning the game in the bottom of the 9th. Third Baseman Isaac Paredes took a 94-mph fastball deep to left field, but Seattle outfielder Jake Fraley robbed him of a home run.
We were playing ‘no doubles’ so that was huge,” Fraley said. “It saves you, especially when you’re going back on a ball like that. If you’re at normal depth, quite honestly, nine times out of 10, you don’t make that play. It’s over the fence. So, the fact that we were ahead of the game, playing ‘no doubles’ was huge because I was able to get back to the fences a lot quicker.”
Electric in Extras
An RBI single from Mariner’s shortstop J.P Crawford started what would turn out to be an extremely entertaining two innings in the 10th. In the bottom half of the inning, T Paredes scored on a wild pitch from Relief Pitcher JT Chargois, tying the game back up at 4.
Daniel Norris replaced Jose Cisnero in the top of the 11th, and Seattle went on to score 5 runs off of him. Fraley came up big again for Seattle with an RBI single, scoring Ty France. Two RBI hits from Rookie Dillon Thomas and Tom Murphy put the game out of reach for Detroit.
Grossman was not about to go down that easy. The Detroit Outfielder launched his 7th home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the 11th, bringing the Tigers within 3 runs. However, Seattle Reliever Kenyan Middleton shut down Detroit to end the game in the bottom of the 11th.
The Tigers and Mariners finish up their series at 1:05 pm on Thursday, June 10. The Tigers will welcome the Chicago White Sox to Detroit for a series starting on Friday, June 11, and the Mariners will head to Cleveland to face the Indians.