Guardians’ Andres Gimenez is having a great day but the Tigers win game two to earn a split
CLEVELAND — Jonathan Schoop and rookie Kerry Carpenter hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rebounded Monday night in the second game of a doubleheader to a 7-5 win over the Guardians and snapped an eight-game losing streak.
All-Star Andrés Giménez hit a three-run go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of the opening game, a 4-1 win for the AL Central Division-leading Guardians. Giménez added a two-run homer in the nightcap and finished the doubleheader with four hits and five RBIs.
The Guardians have been 8-2 since August 6. The Tigers have lost 11 of their last 13 and are 3:14 as of July 30.
Schoop gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the second game when he initiated a substitution from Eli Morgan (4-3) over the wall in left field. Carpenter followed with his first homer in the majors, which put him 31st in the season between Detroit, Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. He went 3 for 4 and scored with three runs.
Tigers starter Bryan Garcia (1-0) handed off three runs in six innings, including homers to Giménez and Luke Maile. Gregory Soto allowed a run in the ninth but collected his 21st save.
Tucker Barnhart and Victor Reyes each had three hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers.
Right-hander Xzavion Curry became the 14th player to make his major league debut for the Guardians in 2022. A Georgia State product, Curry lasted five innings and allowed three runs.
In the opener, Giménez scored a home win over Andrew Chafin with two outs in the seventh set and scored on Myles Straw and Amed Rosario to break a 1-all tie. Tigers reliever Will Vest (3-3) was burdened with two runs and the loss.
“I just tried to stay focused and hit a good throw,” said Giménez. “I recognized the slider soon enough.”
James Karinchak (1-0) earned a goalless seventh place and Emmanuel Clase made a perfect ninth place with his 27th save. The Guardians didn’t allow a hit after the third.
“Everyone pitched well and it was a good day to pitch,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona. “Some balls were hit on both sides which were pretty good but didn’t leave the stadium because of the wind.”
Guardians right-hander Aaron Civale hit a season-high 10 batters in six innings and allowed a run in his second start since returning from a sprained right wrist.
“When the starters keep the game tight, there’s no thought of not winning the game,” said Civale. “And it’s been like this for a while.”
Right-hander Drew Hutchison worked 5⅓ innings for the Tigers, giving up a run and seven hits.
The doubleheader was caused by a game being postponed on July 17 due to rain.
The Guardians have played an MLB High 10 doubleheader, the most in a season since 1985. The Tigers have the second most twinbills at eight.
Tiger: Outfielder Austin Meadows (bilateral Achilles tribe) will play back-to-back games for Triple-A Toledo when play resumes on Tuesday. Meadows, who has been on the injured list since June 17, batted .188 in his first four games with the Mud Hens.
Guardian: Right-hander James Karinchak (restricted list) activated after being unable to travel to Toronto due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19. The provider was the only Guardians player not to play against the Blue Jays. … First baseman Josh Naylor (right ankle pain) left the second game after fielding a sharp grounder in the third inning. It’s the same ankle he fractured, dislocated and tore ligaments in a horrific outfield collision in Minnesota on June 27, 2021.
This article originally appeared in Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Guardians Split Doubleheader with Detroit Tigers