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Casey Mize Gets His First Win and Akil Baddoo Hits a 450-foot Homerun in Houston as The Front Bottoms Take Over

Disclaimer: Not all of this actually happened, but most of it did.

The Detroit Tigers, after being swept by the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, traveled to Houston to face the Astros. This was the first time AJ Hinch has managed against his former team since the sign stealing scandal. The Tigers and Astros did not meet in Spring Training in 2021. In salute to his return, the Astros banged on a trash can 10 times as AJ Hinch waved to the crowd and tipped his cap as he greeted some of his former players. Dusty Baker flicked his toothpick and the festivities were off and running as Casey Mize was primed to get the first win of his MLB career.

Viewers could tell that last night was going to be special when Miguel Cabrera drank rum from Jobu’s cup that was taken from the Cleveland locker room as the team left town. Unfortunately, Cabrera strained his biceps in Cleveland as he snuck in undercover to take the prized possession without a sound. It may have cursed the Tigers while they were playing in Cleveland, but this selfless act has given the Tigers the spark they needed in Houston.

With Miguel Cabrera out with the strained biceps injury and placed on the 10-day IL, the Tigers added Renato Nunez to their roster. With Nunez, Akil Baddoo, and Grayson Greiner hitting in the 7-8-9 spot, the Astros did not stand a chance. This formidable trio caused Zack Greinke to pull out his whole bag of tricks by throwing a 51-mph pitch at one point. This ‘eephus’ pitch was a delight. Statcast nerds everywhere had their minds blown as they tried to figure out how to add ‘eephus’ to their databases. Trevor Bauer called Greinke after the game to ask about the substance that he uses to throw such a pitch. Greinke responded that it was just ‘ass sweat’. Can you believe it? The spin rate was amazing.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent out a press release this morning and apparently they have now launched an investigation into Greinke’s spin rate. They sent a team of highly educated grad students out to Houston to confiscate the baseballs and analyze the substance. They have to wait until the smell dissipates before they can investigate any further. Please follow our Facebook page as we will bring you Breaking News on this story as it unfolds.

Back to the devastation that the bottom of the lineup of Detroit brought upon Houston. Apparently, this is the first time since June 6, 2006 that the 7-8-9 hitters of the Tigers each hit homeruns in the same game. Marcus Thames, Chris Shelton, and Brandon Inge baffled the Chicago White Sox on that day as they took the loss, but carried that momentum all the way to the World Series that season. Will this mean that the 2021 Detroit Tigers will go all the way to the World Series? Absolutely. I would recommend taking out a second mortgage on your home to put some money down on those odds.

While Casey Mize was dealing like he was still mad that they didn’t choose him to host Jeopardy instead of Aaron Rodgers, Grayson Greiner decided that he was tired of being the last one picked to play dodge ball when he hit an opposite field two-run homerun to get the Tigers on the board in the 2nd inning. This homerun scored Nunez as he hit a double to lead off the inning.

In the third inning with 2 outs, Nunez wanted to show Cabrera that he won’t go away without a fight as he hit a homerun down the left field line. Not to be outdone, the next batter, Akil Baddoo launched a 450-foot homerun to announce his return as the underdog story in baseball after he was quiet the last 2 games he played in Cleveland. The homerun put the Tigers ahead 4-0.

Meanwhile, Casey Mize took to the hill with a spring in his step as he could sniff that first win. Don’t tell him that wins don’t count. This win mattered to him as he was focused like a bulldog eyeing his food bowl. Even when Mize had runners in scoring position in the 4th inning, you could tell that he was not going to back down. He induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Myles Straw to end the 4th inning and keep his shutout intact.

In the top of the 5th inning, the Tigers got back-to-back singles from Nomar Mazara and Jonathan Schoop to start the inning. Then came the attack of the 7-8-9 Front Bottoms. Nunez grounded out to the pitcher, but Mazara and Schoop advanced to 2nd and 3rd. This brought up the mythical legend himself, Akil Baddoo. He was thinking of calling his shot to straight away center, but instead chose to unselfishly sacrifice himself to right field to score Mazara. Another RBI from the Baddoo man. Not to be outdone, Grayson Greiner comes to the plate looking to end Zack Greinke’s night once and for all. With a sharp line drive to short left field, Greiner adds one more RBI to his tally. This would end Zack Greinke’s night after pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 10 hits.

That would be all the support that Mize needed as he finished out the 5th and 6th innings in order, facing only the minimum 6 batters. In the top of the 7th, Baddoo wanted to get back on the hit train as he hit a long drive to center field that everyone thought was going to be over the fence for a homerun. He was watching the ball and even got a hand shake from the 1st base coach, but alas, it was not gone, he had to settle for a double. Baddoo was clearly frustrated with himself as he knew that he should have been standing on third base if he hustled out of the box. Even by getting a hit, he showed that he is mortal and can make a mistake. Next time that happens, he will sprint out of the box, racing home before the ball even drops…just to prove a point. Next up, Greiner decided he was having too much fun with the 2-run homerun and RBI single, so he decided to strikeout to end the inning.

In the meantime, cameras were showing Mize as he was in the dugout. One cannot help but see an uncanny resemblance to Bill Clinton. Take away the baseball cap and you have a doppelganger. Mize is from Alabama, Clinton is from Arkansas. That is close enough.

Bill Clinton and Casey Mize
Bill Clinton and Casey Mize

Mize gave up a double to Kyle Tucker with one out in the top of the 7th. He would then buckle down to retire the next two hitters, ending with a strikeout of Martin Maldonado. His final line was 7 IP, 4 Hits, 2 BB, 5 K’s and 0 runs allowed over 89 pitches. Of the 89 pitches thrown, 62 were strikes. This was Mize’s ninth major league start and second of the 2021 season.

This is the first time a Detroit rookie threw seven or more shutout innings since Michael Fulmer threw a complete game shutout on August 14, 2016. Fulmer is set to pitch on Wednesday in Houston.

Detroit did not score any more runs after Mize’s departure, and the Tigers bullpen did their best to try to make it interesting. Michael Brantley had a 9 pitch at-bat off Buck Farmer that ended in a majestic homerun. In the 9th inning, Carlos Correa hit a homerun off Jose Cisnero and then Yuli Gurriel hit a double. Gregory Soto was brought in to get the last 2 outs and to secure the first victory for Casey Mize. Detroit beat Houston, 6-2.

After the win, Casey Mize did not inhale!

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