3-6-18 Tigers v. Yankees
Franciso Liriano made his debut with the Tigers yesterday. His worked two scoreless innings striking out three and allowing two walks. On Liriano’s debut skipper Ron Gardenhire had this to say:
“I liked what he did,” said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who was the beneficiary of Liriano’s early big-league artistry when both were with the Twins. “It was the same thing I was seeing a long, long time ago.”
Liriano signed with the Detroit Tigers just a week ago Tuesday, and he was happy with the way his debut went.
“My main focus is eliminate walks and make something happen with three pitches or less,” Liriano said, toweling sweat from his face as he was debriefed in the Tigers clubhouse. “First outing — just working on mechanics. Physically, I’m fine. I feel I’m in pretty good shape now.”
Niko Goodrum continued his impressive run at spring training. He went .400 on the day, although the number is a bit deceiving as he struck out twice in three at-bats. Tigers prospect Greyson Greiner made some mistakes defensively, trying throws that generally don’t work at the big league level. He had a better offensively showing getting 1 hit in 2 at-bats.
Prospect Eduardo Jimenez had a solid outing as well. He pitched an inning of work striking out two and giving up a single. Prospects Daniel Stumpf, Mark Montgomery, and Zac Reininger didn’t fare as well. The three pitchers are gave up late-inning runs that allowed the Yankees to prevail over the Tigers. Reininger gave up a three-run bomb in the ninth, getting the worst of it out of the group.
The Tigers face off against the Blue Jays today as Matt Boyd gets the start on the mound.