At long last, Jordan Zimmerman gets his first win in his 18 starts, and Detroit Tigers beat Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Monday night. He had ten consecutive defeats dating back to September 5th 2018.
“I was happy to get out there and keep the game close, you know, and give these guys a chance to win,” said Zimmermann (1-8), who allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. “We scored a bunch of runs, and all that matters is we got the win.”
Zimmermann didn’t want to set a record in Detroit as a player with most starts without a win. He now ties with Adam Bereno with 17 starts.
Miguel Cabrera drove three runs while Jordy Mercer helped Tigers improve to 2-15 in the AL West.
Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire said that they wanted to win no matter who did it. He added that they struggled despite playing an excellent game.
Angels dropped to 1-4 in the seven-game homestand, Jaime Barria allowed three runs in the five innings.
Mercer solo homer at the fifth gave Tiger a 3-0 lead. Calhoun then brought Angels on board with a solo homer in the bottom half of inning to make the score 3-1.
Zimmerman for the first inning in a month made it to the sixth inning. The change in position in the rubber also helped in locating his pitches.
Zimmermann nearly gave up to Matt Thaiss who bridged the gap to 3-2. Blaine Hardy stepped in and helped him avoid further damages. He struck out Calhoun and Justin to keep Zimmermann ready for a win.
Finally, Cabrera added two-run single in the eighth and another run in the ninth to break the six-games losing strike.