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Casey Mize's opponent had already thrown a no-hitter this season. It happened 18 days earlier, actually.
On Friday, it was Mize's turn to deal for the Detroit Tigers in a battle with revived right-hander Lucas Giolito, who is turning he in his fifth big-league season. The year-old took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his fifth MLB start, this time against the Chicago White Sox — a stout AL Central opponent with one of the best offensive lineups in the majors.
He showed exactly what the Tigers have expected from him since selecting him No. The Tigers waited 23 years for their sixth no-hitter in franchise history, when Justin Verlander did so inand again in But it didn't happen for the eighth time in franchise history Friday night, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Tigers weren't even able to get the victory — and Mize's first big-league win — in the loss. Mize waited 28 minutes in the dugout as the Tigers exploded for three runs in the top of the sixth to chase Giolito. When he returned, he walked Nomar Mazara on a borderline pitch and left a splitter up in the zone for Yolmer Sanchez to smack for a double. He then got Nick Madrigal to ground out, but Chicago's first run scored.
That's when Gardenhire pulled him after 76 pitches and one hit. Two batters later, Jose Cisnero allowed a three-run homer for what proved to be the final score.
Gardenhire said the minute wait, along with a pitch limit, was his reason for not allowing Mize to take a shot at working out of a big moment in what felt like a must-win game with postseason implications on the line. I'm disappointed that it ended up the way it did.
Despite the best outing of his rookie year, he didn't speak with vigor.
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He is tough on himself, more than he probably should be at this stage in his career. He expects greatness and desires to pitch deep, reaching those high-intensity moments.
He wants to win baseball games. For subscribers: Casey Mize showed us something ificant in his Detroit Tigers debut. Just wish I could take that at-bat back, and the one following.
And yet, there's no denying Mize took a step forward Friday. Making it into the sixth inning for the first time and giving up two earned runs is progress; he now has a 5.
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Mize improved from his last two starts, in which he was chased early while struggling with his command. He was sharp Friday, using an even mix of his sinker, four-steam fastball, cutter, splitter and a few curveballs.
But he's still figuring out a fix ]. Just from an overview of everything, I felt like the command was much better, just felt more like myself. The outcome of Friday's game — with Mize leaving because of a pitch count, Cisnero's downfall and a tough loss when the Tigers needed to win — has left Gardenhire "as mad as I've been through" the game season.
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Next up: Tough test vs. White Sox ]. The White Sox have taken seven of eight against the Tigers this year, as they've done against most teams en route to a record. Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press.
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