Detroit Tigers snake bitten in 11-7 loss to D'backs, denying sweep

Detroit Tigers snake bitten in 11-7 loss to D’backs, denying sweep

PHOENIX — Beau Brieske grew up watching baseball games at Chase Field. Brieske, a native of Chandler, Arizona, returned to his hometown ballpark this weekend with the Detroit Tigers.

In Sunday’s series finale, the 24-year-old stood on the mound and pitched in front of his family and friends. The Diamondbacks crushed Brieske for five runs. He didn’t escape the fourth inning.

“When you go to the bullpen that early, you’re asking a lot of guys to be good,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “It seemed like we were just not executing when we really needed to.”

Offense wasn’t at a premium for either team.

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The Tigers allowed five runs in the sixth inning — all against right-handed reliever Will Vest — which led to an 11-7 loss after back-to-back wins in the three-game series.

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez tags out Diamondbacks right fielder Pavin Smith, right, during the fourth inning on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Phoenix.

Entering the sixth, the Tigers (28-44) were in position to sweep the series. The offense had been rolling, and despite poor pitching, the game was tied, 6-6. The Tigers, by the way, finished with eight hits and six walks with 13 strikeouts.

The Diamondbacks drew eight walks.

“We were kind of a mess on the mound, which was unusual,” Hinch said. “We’ve been usually throwing strikes and being able to get out of the messes that we’ve created. Today was the opposite.”

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