Minus Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Step Up In 5 2 Win Over Twins

The Rally Goose was thought to be dead. But Wednesday night at Comerica Park, it was alive and well.

Before the start of the eighth inning, with the Detroit Tigers trailing 2-1, one fan dressed in orange stood behind home plate waving his arms as if he were a goose himself.

"Rally Goose!" he chanted continuously.

The Tigers then scored four runs to secure a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

All night the Tigers had plenty of opportunities to rally, leaving eight guys on base — six in scoring position — from the third to sixth inning. Then, just when it looked like the Tigers were going to do it again in the eighth, unexpected names stepped up the day after the Tigers lost their biggest name — Miguel Cabrera — for the season. 

John Hicks, Cabrera's fill-in at first base, singled to right. Niko Goodrum, who hit a solo homer in the second, singled up the middle. Grayson Greiner, who has only played in nine games this season, singled to right, bringing in the tying run.

"I don't think it was so much us trying to fill someone's shoes, it was more of us just going out there and competing and just try to do our job," Goodrum said.

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But they weren't done there.

Following a Jose Iglesias pop-out, Victor Reyes singled, bringing in the winning run. Leonys Martin followed that with a single of his own, scoring two runs thanks to an erred throw.

Tigers first baseman John Hicks (55) and second baseman Niko Goodrum (28) celebrate after the Tigers' 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Comerica Park. Rick Osentoski USA TODAY Sports

Ignited by the back half of their lineup, the Tigers found a way to score four runs. 

"We kept grinding out there today," said manager Ron Gardenhire, who reached 1,100 career victories with the win. "We had a lot of big hits from some young people. Reyes, none bigger than (his) there at the end, but Hicks had a really good day overall at first base. (Goodrum) playing against his former team, too, had a great day. That was exciting. That was fun baseball. A big inning there at the end, which everybody was pretty fired up about, and Reyes getting that hit was a pretty special thing."

Despite his lack of success at the plate Wednesday night, Nicholas Castellanos was confident in his teammates behind him.

"That's what it's about," Castellanos said after going 0-for-5 with a strikeoiut. "I didn't contribute today. Neither did Miggy, well Miggy can't, but now you have guys like Reyes, guys like Greiner, Jose, Niko. That's when a team is rolling."

The Tigers showed signs of life in their first game without Cabrera. The Tigers had 12 hits, Hicks and Goodrum both went 3-4, and Greiner and Reyes came up big when they were needed most. 

Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner beats the throw to Twins catcher Bobby Wilson to score during the eighth inning of the Tigers' 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Comerica Park. Carlos Osorio, AP

"Everybody's picking up slack, everybody's doing their part," Castallenos said. "Even when I don't come through, when (Candelario) doesn't come through and Martin doesn't come through, that's OK because we know the guy behind us is going to step in and do it."

From showering their manager with beer, to their kids treating the lockers like their own personal playground, there seemingly wasn't a player without smile in the Tigers' locker room.

A depressed clubhouse just 24 hours before turned into a joyous one Wednesday night. 

"After last night, and everything that went down last night, it feels pretty good," Gardenhire said. "It's a nice win."

While the Tigers are happy with the win, they know they have a series win to play for Thursday afternoon.

"Today we did a good job," Castellanos said. "But today doesn't effect tomorrow, and tomorrow is more important than today." 

Contact George Stoia: gstoia@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @georgestoia. Download our Tigers Xtra app for free on Apple and Android devices!

 

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