The Detroit Tigers opened up interleague play on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a potential World Series matchup.
The Dodgers took the first of a two-game series, beating Detroit 3-2 in the tenth inning.
Chone Figgins scored the winning run for Los Angeles on a ball hit to left field by Carl Crawford. Joba Chamberlain was credited with the loss after walking Figgins before Phil Coke was brought in to face the left-handed Crawford.
Following a single to start off the game, Rajai Davis stole second base to move into scoring position with Ian Kinsler at the plate. Kinsler eventually advanced Davis to third on a ground out but the Tigers were unable to drive him home.
Dee Gordon opened up the scoring with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first against Max Scherzer. Gordon’s homer was the first given up by a Tigers starting pitcher in 2014.
Austin Jackson tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer of his own in the second inning. Jackson is batting .333 (8-for-24) in the early stages of the season.
After a walk to Matt Kemp and a double by Juan Uribe, the Dodgers were in position to reclaim the lead with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Scherzer looked to regain control as he struck out Tim Federowicz for the first out of the inning but the Dodgers were able to score Kemp from third on a sacrifice fly to center field, giving LA a 2-1 lead.
Kinsler lead off the ninth inning with a hustle-double to center field. Following a ground out and strikeout by Don Kelly and Miguel Cabrera, respectively, the Tigers were down to their final out with Victor Martinez at the plate.
V-Mart slapped a line drive to left-center field, bringing home Kinsler and tying the game 2-2.
Chamberlain struck out the side in the ninth inning before putting the eventual-winning run on first base in the tenth.
Despite the eventual outcome, the Tigers played a solid baseball game. Scherzer pitched seven strong innings, striking out eight, and the bullpen held the Dodgers scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings.
Detroit only had five hits but they were able to get the job done in the ninth inning. The team continued to show aggressiveness on the base paths and have found success in doing so.
Tuesday night’s game will go down as a loss for the Tigers, but the most frightening loss occurred in the early stages of the game.
On a fly ball down the right-field line in the second inning, Torii Hunter slid feet-first into the wall just beyond the foul line. Hunter stayed on the ground for a few moments, clenching his left knee before getting to his feet. Don Kelly eventually took over for Hunter in the bottom of the third.
Hunter is officially listed as day-to-day but was optimistic about playing on Wednesday.
Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday night in LA (10 PM ET).