Detroit Tigers drop both games of doubleheader as Daniel Norris struggles in 2020 debut

Carlos Monarrez
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers' left-hander Daniel Norris looked rusty in his season debut Sunday and couldn’t get out of the second inning in the 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of their seven-inning doubleheader at Comerica Park.

Norris lasted just 1⅔ innings and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with no strikeouts. He threw 54 pitches, with 34 for strikes.

The Tigers managed just two hits against Trevor Bauer, who threw 111 pitches, and lost both games of the doubleheader. They dropped their first series of the season and fell to 5-5.

Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris pitches against the Reds during the first inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader at Comerica Park on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Norris returned to action in late July after he missed four weeks of summer camp following a positive COVID-19 test. He had been working out with the team’s alternate training site in Toledo before he was recalled.

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Norris did suffer a little bad luck in the first inning when Eugenio Suarez scored from second on Matt Davidson’s two-out broken-bat single to center for a 1-0 lead.

The Reds added a run in the second and two in the seventh of Bryan Garcia.

Too slow

Norris doesn’t have a fast delivery out of the stretch and Reds second baseman Christian Colon took advantage of it. Colon doubled in the second inning and stole third without a throw when Norris threw a curveball to Aristides Aquino, who then singled in Colon. Aquino also stole second off Norris, though he was originally called out before review.

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Nice grab

Victor Reyes made a great catch on Nick Senzel’s scorching liner to straightaway center in the fourth inning. Reyes sprinted straight back and dove to catch the ball just short of the warning track. He saved at least a run. Senzel can fly and might have attempted an inside-the-park home run. Curt Casali tagged from second but had to hold up at third.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire walks to the mound to take out Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris during the second inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader at Comerica Park on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Nicer grab

Right fielder Travis Demeritte made a highlight-reel catch on Nick Castellanos’ sharp liner in the sixth inning when he laid out to catch the ball with one out and runners on first and second. He saved two runs and forced the runners to return.

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