DETROIT — Casey Mize’s third Major League start didn’t go as well as he would’ve hoped Sunday, but his second assist as a big league pitcher was a memorable one. His deflection turned a Luis Arraez comebacker into a much-needed out at third base.
Mize, the Tigers’ top pitching prospect,
Mize, the Tigers’ top pitching prospect, struggled with his command against the Twins through three innings and 67 pitches on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, allowing two runs on two hits with three hit batters. He hit two Twins in a three-batter span of the third inning, then Arraez — batting with runners at first and second — hit him with a comebacker that had a 96.2 mph exit velocity.
Mize tried to get his glove down but didn’t have enough time. His unintentional footwork did just as well. The ball hit off his left shin and careened to third base, where rookie
Score it a 1-5 fielder’s choice and a valuable out for Mize, who stayed in the game to strike out Marwin Gonzalez and end his outing.