The Tigers’ offense pulled off a rare feat against Rockies pitching on Saturday night: they scored in all eight innings, winning 11-5. They scored once in each of the first three innings, twice in the fourth, three times in the fifth, and once each in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
According to STATS, it’s the first time the Tigers have scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game since 1912. It appears that the Blue Jays were the last team to accomplish the feat, victimizing the Yankees on April 29, 2006. That is unofficial to my knowledge, however.
Three Tigers homered: Miguel Cabrera (solo), Victor Martinez (three-run), and J.D. Martinez (solo). Three Tigers had three hits each: Rajai Davis, Ian Kinsler, and Alex Avila.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.