Detroit Tigers rally to top Guardians 5-3, sweep doubleheader

Jonathan Schoop walked into the clubhouse at Comerica Park on Monday morning in the middle of a season long slump.

He left Monday night feeling like one of the hottest hitters in baseball, after the best nine hours of his season.

Following a perfect 4-for-4 Game 1 of the doubleheader, Schoop picked up where he left off in Game 2, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, raising his average from .191 to .207.

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That buoyed the offense early before Riley Greene drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Eric Haase hit a solo shot in the seventh, propelling the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win, and a sweep of the twinbill.

Tigers center fielder Riley Greene singles to drive in a run against the Guardians in the third inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Comerica Park.

“He’s had some really good at-bats,” Hinch said of Schoop. “Then I mention his defense because he made some plays that helped us win on that side, too.

“It is nice to have guys contribute, when you get it from the top of the order and the bottom of the order, we’re a different offense when they guys are going, Jonathan included.”

Schoop got the scoring started early, leading off the third with a double for his fifth hit in as many at bats on the day. After advancing to third on a Victor Reyes ground ball to the right side, Greene came to the plate.

Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop rolls after beating the tag of Guardians catcher Sandy Leon during the third inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Guardians on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Comerica Park.

The rookie hit a chopper to second baseman Andres Gimenez, Schoop broke for home immediately and used a textbook hook slide around the outside of the plate to beat the tag by Sandy Leon.

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Faedo’s fine start

With the way Alex Faedo was pitching early, that early lead felt pretty good for the Tigers (32-47).

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