LOS ANGELES — The Tigers didn’t leave L.A. quietly.
They managed to avoid getting swept by the N.L. West champion Dodgers Wednesday night with a plucky 4-2 win.
Carson Kelly, Tyler Nevin and Kerry Carpenter each had two hits. Kelly and Andy Ibanez delivered clutch two-out RBI hits and a very taxed Tigers’ bullpen managed to lock down the final three innings.
This game, the first six innings of it, featured an intriguing contrast in pitching styles.
Dodgers’ rookie starter Bobby Miller set the tone by throwing five 100-mph heaters in the first two innings. He was all fire. He mixed five secondary pitches, but he threw them off the fastball. And he maintained a 99-mph average velocity through his six innings of work.
Tigers’ rookie Reese Olson went about it a little more artfully. He has a power fastball, too, but he attacked with spin. He was throwing, 3,000-rpm sliders and curveballs off 95-mph sinkers and expertly mixing in changeups.
Both were supremely effective.
Olson gave up two hits and struck out five in his six innings. He also induced 11 ground-ball outs. Both the hits were by lefty-swinging Max Muncy. The second of which was his career-high 36th home run – a 428-foot blast to right field on a 2-0 slider with two outs in the sixth.
Miller ended up striking out seven but the Tigers were able to scratch a couple of runs off of him.
Carpenter got one of Miller’s lesser fastballs (98 mph) and punched it into left-center, legging out a double. He scored on a single by Nevin, who is 9 for 20 on this road trip.
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