Spencer Turnbull came into pre-game warmups not feeling confident. He exited the bullpen feeling terrible and unsure of what the game had in store. Turnbull shook it off and came walking out to the mound ready to take on the Seattle Mariners. This was the second meeting of a three-game series in Seattle. This game was filled with it all, great defensive work, stellar pitching and impactful offense.
As a Tiger fan, I had no expectations coming from a late west coast game where two bottom tier teams where playing. Boy was I wrong, Turnbull came out of the gate pitching his heart out. Painting the black with every pitch, seemed like last night was a little different.
The offense was above par last night accruing ten hits and scoring five runs. Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro and Johnathon Schoop all had multiple hits. To start the first inning off Candelario hits a homerun with two outs, then hitting a double in the seventh inning driving in a run. If not for Spencer Turnbull, Candelario would have been player of the game.
Defense was another positive. The infield was stellar, creating double plays and taking good care of groundballs. The outfield could have picked flowers in the outfield as Turnbull did not allow many deep fly balls. Every pitcher in a no-hitter situation always needs one defensive play to prevent a hit, Candelario did that. In the seventh Mitch Haniger shoots a bullet to third base, but Candelario is there to save the day with an amazing diving play to save the no-hitter.
Turnbull went onto say “Probably three of the best pitches I made all night.” Referring to the three pitch at bat against Mitch Haniger in the seventh inning.
Turnbull into the Record Books
Turnbull struck out nine and walked 2 while throwing a career-high 117 pitches. Mitch Haniger, Seattle’s best hitter, struck out 2 times. Turnbull kept the Mariners in check and did not allow to many balls go into the field of play. Turnbull relied heavily on his slider and mid-90s fastball that kept the Mariners guessing. In the last 3 seasons, Turnbull has never pitched seven innings. Three years later he is now the 6th pitcher in Tiger’s history to throw a no-no. Turnbull is the fifth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season. Accompanied by Joe Musgrove, Carlos Rodon, John Means and Wade Miley