Holaday Slam Leads Tigers

Sam Dyson did not have a bad sixth inning. He had an unlucky sixth inning, giving up six runs. Bryan Holaday hit the only barrel of the ball contact off him when he connected on a 95 mile per hour fastball and drove it over the left field fence with the bases loaded. The Tigers went on to win the game 8-4.

Prior to that the game was all in favor of the Marlins. Alfredo Simon got the start and struggled throughout, putting runners on third base in all five innings he pitched. He survived the first inning leaving a man on third thanks to a diving stop at first by Miguel Cabrera to prevent a run from scoring. In the second inning he gave up a leadoff homerun to Donavan Solano into the berm in left field. He later loaded the bases in the inning, getting just one out when a nice scoop by Miguel Cabrera and a throw home prevented a run from scoring.

The Marlins stranded another runner in the third but failed to score. In the fourth a triple by Jordany Valdespin to deep centerfield put a fourth runner on third base in four innings. This time a Jhonatan Solano deep fly ball to left field scored the Marlins second run. In the fifth inning Marcell Ozuna doubled down the left field line and Don Kelly doubled down the right field line to start the inning. A Jordan Lennerton error scored the second run of the inning, giving the Marlins an early 4-0 lead. Zack Reininger was called on to get the last out, walking the first batter he faced to load the bases before getting Jhonatan Solano to end the inning.

David Phelps was unhittable for the Marlins. In his five innings of work he allowed only two hits and two walks, not allowing a runner to reach third, hitting 91-93 miles per hour with his fastball. He struck out three.

Sam Dyson started the sixth inning for the Marlins, hitting 97-100 mile per hour with his fastball. Anthony Gose started the inning skipping a single past the glove of third baseman Scott Sizemore. Ian Kinsler followed with a single and Jordan Lennerton grounder a single past the shortstop Reid Brignac to score the first run. A Victor Martinez single scored a second run and a broken bat single by Rajai Davis that dunked into right field while Davis stepped on first holding the handle of the bat loaded the bases. Dyson bore down and struck out Hernan Perez for the second out, but Bryan Holaday took a 95 mile per hour fastball and sent it over the left field fence for a grand slam and a 6-4 Tiger lead.

Joe Nathan came on to work the sixth and loaded the bases before getting the final out. Ian Kinsler made a bad flip to second on a possible double play grounder to extend the inning. Joba Chamberlain came on in the seventh and also loaded the bases after retiring the first two hitters. He got Cole Gillespie to fly out to right to end the inning.

The Tigers tagged Nick Massett for two more runs in the seventh. Tyler Collins started the inning with a double down the leftfield line. A walk to Josh Wilson and a double steal put runners on second and third. Jordan Lennerton took advantage by lofting a double into the left centerfield gap for his second hit of the game, driving in two runs to give him three RBIs for the game.

Bruce Rondon pitched the eighth, retiring the Marlins in order. He threw a number of breaking balls, but did hit 101 with his fastball. Joe Mantiply pitched to three batters in the ninth to finish the game.

Game Notes: A couple SABR guys from Washington D.C. representing the Mayo Smith society handed out a plague to Victor Martinez for his accomplishments on and off the field. They got a lot of opportunities to pose for pictures with Victor. Myworld has no doubt those pictures will be forwarded over the internet…Centerfield for Lakeland is 420 feet from home plate, so there are a number of opportunities for fast legs to stretch hits there into triples. Down the line and in the power alleys it is 340 feet so homeruns are not difficult…Miguel Cabrera made a couple nice defensive plays in the first two innings, both plays preventing runs from scoring…Sam Dyson hit 100 on the radar gun. Bruce Rondon hit 101. Bruce showed a better breaking pitch…The Solano brothers were in the lineup together. Last year Jhonathan played for the Nationals. The two combined to go 4 for 7 with one homerun and two RBIs.

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