MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Detroit2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 251
Boston0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 x 690
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  W: M. Wacha (6-1)   L: T. Skubal (5-5)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 22, 2022
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 35,180

Behind Michael Wacha, Red Sox go for sweep of Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Tigers head to Boston in search of their first three-game road winning streak since taking four in a row away from home in August last season. They've surrendered 46 runs while dropping four of their last five games at Fenway Park.
  2. Tigers DH/1B Miguel Cabrera is 8-for-20 (.400) during a five-game hitting streak, but he's hitless in his last 13 at-bats in Boston and has not homered at Fenway Park since July 27, 2016, a 12-game drought.
  3. Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer ranks seventh among American League relievers with a .140 opponents' batting average. He's given up one hit and one unearned run over 9.2 innings in 10 appearances since May 18, lowering his ERA from 3.52 to 2.16.
  4. Despite going 13-4 and ranking second in the AL in winning percentage (.764) in June, the Red Sox have lost 2.5 games in the standings to the first-place Yankees. They've lost one of their last 12 series after winning just one of their first nine this season.
  5. Red Sox starting pitchers have a major league-leading 2.23 ERA in June. Boston has won nine straight games and is 15-5 (.750) this season when its starter throws at least six innings.
  6. Red Sox 2B Trevor Story ended a 20-game home run drought Sunday with a solo shot. Boston has won 14 straight games and is 19-4 this season when he drives in at least one run.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/20/2022 thru 6/22/2022

The Boston Red Sox not only will try to sweep a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, but they'll also likely see one of their top prospects in action.

Shortstop Jeter Downs is expected to make his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Worcester.

"I still can't believe it happened and that I'm here and trying to take it in, every single second," Downs said. "Watch the older guys and how they go about their business and learn as much as possible."

The 23-year-old Downs was batting just .180 in the minors this season but showed good power (11 home runs) and speed (11 stolen bases) in 189 at-bats.

Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal (5-4, 3.13 ERA) will start the series finale. He has lost his last two starts, allowing four runs in four innings to Toronto on June 12 before giving up five runs in five innings at home to Texas on Friday. He got into trouble quickly against the Rangers, putting his team at a three-run deficit before it even came to bat.

"Just pitch execution hasn't been great lately," Skubal said. "It's something I need to get back to doing."

Location was the main issue. Skubal struck out just four, his lowest total since April 28.

"I haven't been able to drive the four-seamer and slider to the glove side as well as I'd like to," he said. "It's something I have to take a look at and watch video to see if there is anything mechanically that I've changed. Because mentally I feel like I'm doing the same thing I've always been doing. I need to look into that and see what I can find."

Before those losses, he had given up just eight runs in 45 innings while striking out 50 over seven starts. Skubal tossed five scoreless innings in his lone career start against Boston last season.

The Red Sox will counter on Wednesday with right-hander Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.28), who is coming off a win against one of his former teams, St. Louis, on Friday. He gave up one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Wacha was opposed by Adam Wainwright, who had a great impact on his career.

"I've told you all before that he was the guy that kind of took me underneath his wing and was a big-time mentor and had a huge influence on my game and my career," Wacha said. "Looking back now, getting to share a mound against him was pretty freaking special. It's one of those memories that I'll have forever."

Wacha has faced the Tigers twice in his career, getting no-decisions each time while giving up two runs in a combined 9 1/3 innings.

Detroit shortstop Javier Baez had three hits, including a solo homer, and Miguel Cabrera also contributed three hits on Tuesday. Manager AJ Hinch is seeing signs that his team is coming out of its season-long offensive slumber.

"I'm encouraged by how we're swinging the bats and continuing to battle back," he said. "Guys are starting to have more quality at-bats consistently, which is good. Obviously, we've got to scratch a few more across against this team."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2022

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