Tigers Get Strong Outing By Zimmermann, Stewart HR To Win Opener
7 innings of one-hit pitching from starter Jordan Zimmermann (pictured) set the tone for the game. And then rookie Christin Stewart's two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Detroit Tigers all the runs they needed as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in 10 innings on Thursday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Zimmermann needed only 70 pitches to get through seven innings, 47 of them were strikes. He was perfect through 6 2/3 innings before Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez's infield hit in the seventh inning.
Joe Jimenez and Victor Alcantara pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th inning, respectively. Alcantara gets the win in relief. Closer Shane Greene came on in the 10th to get the save.
Zimmermann's outing overshadowed a strong outing from Jays starter Marcus Stroman. He went seven innings, giving up no runs on two hits while walking four.
Stewart's home run was a no-doubter into the second deck in right field off of Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson.
The Tigers and Blue Jays play game two of their series tomorrow night at the Rogers Centre. Air time on WVFN is 6:40 with Dan Dickerson and Jim Price.