MLB: Spencer Turnbull makes history


Pitcher Spencer Turnbull had the fifth scoring or hitting game of the season in major league baseball when the Detroit Tigers defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park.

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The 28-year-old right-hander ended the game with nine strikeouts and just two walks, totaling 117 shots, including 77 strikes. Having conceded two walks, he fanned Mitch Haniger to make history.

This is the eighth game without a point or a hit in Tigers history and the first since 2011, when Justin Verlander pulled off the feat.

“Throughout the evening, I told myself that I will not be afraid to throw my shots. I won’t question the shooting choices or fear anything. I’m only going to attack, ”the hero of the day explained to MLB.com.

This is the second time this season that a gunner has achieved a scoreless game against Seattle: John Means, of the Baltimore Orioles, muzzled the Mariners hitters on May 5. It is also the fifth major league achievement of its kind this year.

Turnbull had suffered a total of 17 losses in the 2019 campaign, the highest in major league baseball.

Awesome response

Strangely, a few Tigers fans sitting in rows behind the team dugout had called out to the gunner early in the game. Turnbull (3-2) certainly responded to them in a memorable way.

“I finished the first run and they seemed surprised to see that I was the guy who was throwing tonight. […] They mentioned that I was hitting a game without a point or hitting. Still, that was after one set, I only had three outs. I said to myself: well then. ”

As is often the case in this kind of special game, the gunner was able to count on the help of his teammates in defense. Late in the seventh inning, third baseman Jeimer Candelario kept his pitcher’s record intact as he took out Haniger with a long throw from along the foul line.

“We could all see it coming a bit, especially after Candy’s play on Haniger,” added Tigers manager AJ Hinch. The famous phase of silence on this subject began in the shelter and we were only starting to count the withdrawals. « 

– With TVA Sports



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