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Detroit Tigers’ Tarik Skubal shines in 5-3 win over Pirates


Tarik Skubal was scheduled to start Tuesday night, but 20 minutes before the originally scheduled first pitch  — fearing the impending rain may break up his start — the Detroit Tigers announced he would be pushed back to Wednesday.

However, after a two-hour and five-minute rain delay, it was clear there wouldn’t be another break in the evening, so A.J. Hinch decided to let his best starter take the mound.

That worked out pretty well.

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Skubal  continued his stellar season by  limiting baserunners while pitching deep into the ballgame as the Tigers topped the Pirates, 5-3, to improve to 22-33.

“We were going to scratch him because I was expecting a rain delay because if we started at seven and they were going to make us, we were going to lose Skubal in two innings,” Hinch said, according to Bally Sports Detroit. “Then, once we were in a full delay, I know we’re not starting until there’s a clear window so we went back to Tarik.”

Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal delivers a pitch against the Pirates during the first inning on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Skubal’s final line was impressive: seven innings, six hits, three earned runs, no walks and nine strikeouts on 92 pitches (65 strikes) with 19 swings and misses and 13 called strikes. He’s the only Tigers pitcher to complete seven innings in a start this year; he has  done so four times in 11 outings.

“That was interesting,” Skubal said of the pregame to reporters, recording by BSD cameras. “I went from ‘hey you’re going to start tomorrow’ so I played catch, to we’re in a delay so you’re going to start tonight, so I was like ‘all right, let’s do it’.



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