GAME OF THE NIGHT: The Mariners And Tigers Had A Home Run Derby In Detroit
The Home Run Derby was supposedly last week, but the real version has been happening at Comerica Park during the first two games of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. In Monday night's 5-4 win by the Tigers, their second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a home run (364 ft) in the 1st inning. Robinson Cano responded for the Mariners with a 392-footer in the 5th inning, but it was Kinsler who had the last laugh when he knocked in the winning run in the 8th inning on his second home run of the game (398 ft).
On Tuesday, it was the Mariners turn to strike first, and they did just that. With the first at bat in the 3rd inning and his team up 4-1, Nelson Cruz hit a 455-foot bomb to center, putting the Mariners advantage at four runs. Edging out Miguel Cabrera's 452 -footer from June 12th, it was the longest home fun at Comerica Park this season; and it lasted for a whopping one-third of an inning.
With two out and one on at the bottom of the 3rd inning, All-Star outfield J.D. Martinez sent one practically into the parking lot, scoring two runs on a 467-ft homer. That distance puts him tied with Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) and Joc Pederson (LAD) for the 10th longest home run this season, according to the ESPN stat tracker.
Hold onto your horses though. It's still not over. The Tigers remained down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning but would come out of it with the tying runs, as Yoenis Cespedes homered to left center with Ian Kinsler on first.
As of the top of the 6th inning, the Tigers are up 7-5; their last run being score on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 5th. The Mariners have the bases loaded and one out.
In other words, this game is not getting any less interesting. Stay tuned for updates on any further homering as well as the final score.
UPDATE @ 9:57 ET: Detroit, we have another home run! This time it was Nick Castellanos, whose single home run puts the Tigers up 8-6. It's currently the bottom of the 7th, and the Tigers have one on and one out.
UPDATE @ 10:24 ET: My, what a difference an inning can make. Franklin Gutierrez scored a pinch hit grand slam to put the Mariners up 11-8, as the game now heads to the bottom of the 8th. Sidenote: Gutierrez had previously had just two home runs on the season.
UPDATE @ 8:10 ET: Mariners win 11-9. They two teams will face off again in game three of their four game series on Wednesday night at 7:08 ET.