Tyler Alexander ties AL mark for strikeouts in a row

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2020

The first game was scheduled to begin at 12:10 p.m., but it is certain to begin in a delay.

Former Tigers slugger Nick Castellanos homered twice and drove in three runs for Cincinnati.

Reds starter Anthony Desclafani allowed three hits in five shutout innings, but even in a shortened game, the Reds bullpen couldn't hold a 3-0 lead.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Tyler Alexander tied an American League record Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. Castellanos played the first 837 of his 896 major-league games with the Tigers before being traded to the Chicago Cubs last season.

Major League Baseball has now dealt with a string of postponements due to positive tests for teams, and with no fans in attendance, clearly doing all they can to try and get these games in- hence moving the first pitch of this game up five hours to attempt and beat the rain, then not rolling out the tarpaulin 10 minutes prior to the rescheduled start of the game.

It was odd from the start - the scoreboard at Comerica Park listed nine innings instead of the usual seven. Then the game took 2 hours, 25 minutes.

Joe Jimenez (0-1) got the misfortune.

Freddy Galvis led off with a double, took third on Tucker Barnhart's single and scored on Akiyama's bouncer through the drawn-in infield.

Cincinnati's Raisel Iglesias (1-1) got the last out of the 6th before pitching a scoreless seventh. The Reds still don't have a save this season.

Before the game, the Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the injured list after he self-reported symptoms of an illness, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"Feels good, " Turnbull said.

The Reds took a quick 2-0 lead. After JaCoby Jones' hard grounder ricocheted off first baseman Josh VanMeter's glove toward centerfield, Farmer leaped to grab it with his bare hand and threw to Iglesias for the out at first. "That was just incredible to get us a huge out". Detroit is scheduled to open a four-game series with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, with broadcast time at 5:45 PM on 99 7 and 1450 WHTC. Cincinnati's Sonny Gray (2-0) is scheduled to face Zach Plesac (0-0) on Monday.

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