Tigers hitters back Michael Fulmer with 10 runs
Lakeland, Fla. – Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz has had the Detroit Tigers’ number this spring. He threw five no-hit innings against them back on March 15.
But the Tigers got him back Sunday. They banged out seven straight hits in a six-run second inning in a 10-3 spring win.
The big blows in the inning were back-to-back two-run doubles by Leonys Martin and Jeimer Candelario, the top two hitters in manager Ron Gardenhire’s lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, the No. 3 hitter, had an RBI single in the second and walloped his third homer of the spring in the fourth.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who is having a stellar spring, had three hits including a monster home run onto the berm just to the left of the batter’s eye in center field.
All that offense made for a leisurely stroll for Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. Making his final spring start, Fulmer’s fastball was ringing at 95-96 mph – regular-season ready. He faced the minimum through seven scoreless innings, though he allowed two singles and a walk.
His catcher, John Hicks, erased two of those runners. He threw out Dansby Swanson trying to steal second in the third inning, and he threw out Ender Inciarte trying to steal third in the fourth. Hicks has thrown out seven runners this spring.
The other runner was erased in on a double-play line drive to Cabrera at first.
Fulmer, who is scheduled to make his 2018 debut Saturday, March 31 at Comerica Park, struck out three.
He threw 91 pitches, 53 strikes.
The Tigers announced during the game that left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy, who was reassigned Thursday, had cleared waivers and was out-righted to Triple-A Toledo.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Niko Goodrum, who appears to have made the Tigers’ Opening Day roster.
Hardy, who is 9-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 159 innings over the last four seasons with the Tigers, was two days away from having his $795,000 salary guaranteed for 2018. Instead, he will make $192,000 on a split contract.