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Jonathan Schoop propels Tigers to doubleheader sweep of Guardians

Chris McCosky, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — The way Jonathan Schoop was buzzing around the ball field Monday, playing both games of the doubleheader against Cleveland, you’d never know he was 30 years old and grinding through a miserable start to his 10th big-league season.

When the long day ended, Schoop, who came into the game batting under .200 and in a 3-for-24 skid, produced six straight hits, scored three times and knocked in one.

“I know the team needed that,” Schoop said between games. “I know for a fact that if I get going, we’re going to win a lot of games.”

Fact. The Tigers swept both games from the Guardians, winning 4-1 in the opener and then 5-3 in the nightcap.

Schoop was central in both wins.

Besides the four hits and his usual flawless defense in Game 1, he stole second base (his second steal of the season) and scored from first base on a double into the left field corner.

 

“I’ve got some wheels,” Schoop said. “Once a week (laughs).”

In the nightcap, he doubled in the third inning and advanced to third on a ground out to first base by Victor Reyes. Schoop then scored on a grounder by Riley Greene, deftly avoiding the tag of catcher Sandy Leon by sliding around and touching the back of the plate.

“It’s nothing we haven’t seen before,” manager AJ Hinch said. “I’ve personally seen him go crazy for a month and carry a team. Maybe this will kickstart him.”

The Tigers broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth on singles by Spencer Torkelson and Reyes and an RBI infield single by Greene.

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