If you missed this one, you are very lucky. The Tigers made Mike Foltynewicz look bad, despite being one of the worst offenses in baseball, homering three times to tag the right-hander for five runs in five innings. The defense also committed two errors, made multiple blunders that cost extra bases, while the bullpen was touched up for two runs as well. The offense could muster just one run against Spencer Turnbull and the Tigers bullpen, and all of these issues culminated with a 8-2 loss.
Foltynewicz looked sharp early on, retiring the first five batters he faced in order before a solo homer from Grayson Greiner kicked off the Detroit onslaught. In the third inning Foltynewicz served up another solo homer, this time to Niko Goodrum, who hit a bank shot off the front facade of the Chop House to make the score 2-0. Foltynewicz surrounded those costly homers with myriad strikeouts, which had to be frustrating for the 27-year-old as seemingly every mistake he made was deposited into the seats. Nonetheless, the Tigers were making him pay.
In the bottom of the third inning, Ronald Acuña, Jr. rolled a single through the right side, stole second base, and took third on a throwing error. Dansby Swanson drove him home with a ground out to shortstop, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The Tigers would pad their lead considerably in the fifth inning, with a leadoff triple by JaCoby Jones putting Foltynewicz in a jam immediately. The triple was followed by a strikeout of pitcher Spencer Turnbull, then an RBI single by Niko Goodrum, then two batters later a Nick Castellanos two-run homer pushed the Detroit lead to 5-1. After retiring the next batter to mercifully end the inning, Foltynewicz would be finished.
In the seventh inning, Jerry Blevins was hit hard, uncorked a pick-off throw down the right field line, and the defense fell apart as the Tigers plated two more runs to make the score 7-1. In the bottom half of the seventh, the Braves loaded the bases with nobody out for Brian McCann, who skied a sacrifice fly to right field to score a second Atlanta run and make the score 7-2. Ozzie Albies grounded a ball back to pitcher Buck Farmer, who replaced Turnbull, that glanced off his glove and allowed Albies to reach to load the bases again for pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson. Farmer fell behind 2-0 to Culberson, then induced a ground ball double play to end the inning and kill the threat with the Tigers still leading 7-2.
Niko Goodrum homered again in the eighth inning off Josh Tomlin, giving him a five-hit game with five RBI, to put Detroit ahead 8-2. The Braves would hardly produce a whimper in the final two frames after threatening in the seventh, and the game mercifully ended with Atlanta losing their third straight.
This game was an unmitigated disaster in nearly every way, especially considering the previous game was a 14-4 loss to the Nationals. This has been a rough week despite two off days, but the Braves will have two more shots against the Tigers this weekend as they look to make up ground in the NL East.