Archer, Robertson help Rays bounce back, beat Tigers 3-2

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

He's also hitting below.300 so far, which would mark the first time since 2008 he falls below the line if he doesn't pick it up the rest of the way. "I went three days where I didn't even play catch, and I think that led to some of the walks". He also hit a solo homer in the seventh to make it 9-1.

"Just a pitcher's duel", said Tigers' manager, Brad Ausmus. "He's definitely a player who can raise his game under pressure". Steven Souza Jr.'s eighth-inning home run that tied the game back up 3-3 could have produced a 3-2 advantage, setting up closer Alex Colome for a save situation later in the ninth. He's now walked five batters three times this season after not doing it a single time in 2016. He struck out six.

"That's a very, very good lineup", Archer said.

Chris Archer (5-4, 3.75 ERA) worked six innings holding the Tigers to two earned runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking one. Had Robertson fielded that seventh-inning grounder cleanly and thrown to first for the third out, the Rays would have still been tied 2-2. Colby Rasmus is 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts versus Farmer, who has yielded one run and two hits in 1/3 of an inning against the Rays. Logan Morrison walked, took second on Mallex Smiths infield single and scored on Daniel Robertsons base hit. However, Cobb got Cabrera to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play on his 116th and final pitch.

"Normally, you never want to let Miggy see a pitcher for a fourth time, but Alex was getting him to hit the ball on the ground to third", Cash said. "I chose to take the chance and it worked out".

The Tigers kept hitting in the fifth, with Upton's two-run single putting them up 8-2.

"We haven't done that in a while, asked him for a five-out save", Cash said. "I know Martinez can't run, but I didn't want to get caught between hops, so I came in to get it and my foot just slipped".

In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers answered.

Cobb said his approach to Cabrera in the seventh inning was simple: fastballs on the inside corner.

"He was taking every outside pitch the other way, and he was crushing off-speed pitches, so I was going to get beat with my best shot", he said. "That's one of the toughest outs in baseball, but I got it".

In this week's episode June 16, 2017, Anthony Fenech on the struggles and mind-set of Francisco Rodriguez, then brings on Justin Upton to discuss playing for Kirk Gibson in Arizona. Ausmus said after the game that Cabrera is finally starting to look like himself. Tampa Bay has committed 49 errors over that span, an average of 0.71 per game.

Detroit is looking for its third straight win over Tampa Bay, which has now dropped three in a row.

Sanchez will join the Tigers rotation and get the nod as the scheduled starter when the team travels to Seattle on Monday. The veteran right-hander made four starts in Triple-A during his stay in the minors, going 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA.

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