The Detroit Tigers finally returned to the winning column by snapping their six-game losing skid, and this came in a game that was highlighted by the early benching of the team’s $140 million shortstop, Javier Baez. After experiencing baserunning mistakes in their previous game against the Blue Jays, Tigers’ Manager, AJ Hinch thought it wise to sit Baez down after he made similar blunders. According to Hinch, benching him was a move that sent a message to the whole team that they needed to clean up their act, especially having made several mental mistakes previously.
Spencer Turnbull was instrumental in the Detroit Tigers’ win, pitching five strong innings and earning his first win since last May, while the bullpen delivered four scoreless innings to seal the victory. Although Baez’s dismissal deprived the team of a potential bat in their lineup, he understood the reasons behind Hinch’s decision, acknowledging that there was a need to show respect to the game. Torkelson, the first baseman, thinks that the early benching of the star shortstop was the right move by the manager, knowing that discipline is crucial to any clubhouse. The team’s win brought some relief, breaking a streak that had weighed heavily on the morale of the entire team.