Detroit got the best of Toronto 15 to 14 in a 17 inning game which had a little bit of everything.
Toronto built and 8-3 lead six innings following a grand slam by Lance Hartgraves. With the Tigers Matthew Liberatore knocked out of the game after just four and a third innings, things seemed under control with Aroldis Chapman on the mound.
The Tigers mounted a furious rally scoring one in the seventh and five in the eighth to take a one-run lead. With one out in the ninth, the Jays tied things back up with a Maikel Franco homer.
For the next six innings, matching zeros. Each squad left runners on base, each could not get the hit they needed. Then it changed.
In the 16th, the Jays scored five off of rookie Adam Kloffenstein. It looked like they had the game won. Until they didn’t. The Tigers scored five runs of their own, getting key hits from Keston Hiura and Nolan Arenado before Devin Lewis tied the game up.
In the 17th, it was again Arenado and Hiura who came through. Arenado’s fifth hit of the night pushed the winning run to third before Hiura won it with his fifth hit of the night as well.
The Tigers offense continues to shine and bring loads of optimism to the fans in Detroit.