Tigers in the Pros

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Ian Kinsler is on a tear in Detroit.</i>
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Ian Kinsler is on a tear in Detroit.
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July 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou baseball currently has five pitchers in Major League baseball, tied for the second-most of any program in Division I baseball. Add former standout infielder Ian Kinsler to the mix or arms in the majors and Mizzou has as impressive a résumé of pro players as any team in the nation. Below is a look at what the former Tigers have been doing this summer.

Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
Scherzer has only made one appearance since last checking in. The outing came in a 7.0 inning no-decision effort against the Houston Astros on June 28. After giving up a quick two runs in the first, Scherzer was lights out, striking out 13 with only one walk. The two runs in the first were the only runs given up by Scherzer in the start. A top of the ninth, game-winning, three-run homer by Ian Kinsler saved Scherzer from a tough loss as he put the Tigers up 4-3. Scherzer is still 9-3 on the year with a 3.64 ERA. His next start is Thursday July 3 against Tampa Bay.

Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
Since last checking in with the Tiger second baseman, Kinsler has been a nothing less than a nightmare for pitchers across the league. The Mizzou alum is hitting .450 in his last 10 games, with three home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases. Kinsler's biggest hit came in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros when he belted a game-winning, three-run homer to save starting pitcher Max Scherzer from a tough loss. Kinsler made his first appearance last week in Arlington, Texas, since being a member of the Texas Rangers. He wasted no time and homered in his first at-bat and added a two-run single later in the game. The Tiger second baseman batted .500 in the series against the Rangers with four RBI and four runs scored. Kinsler is now batting a .307 with 42 RBI on the year.

 

 

Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Last time we checked in with the Twins starter he was rolling with a 22-inning scoreless streak. But a hot-hitting LA Angels team put that streak to rest with a big first inning against the former Mizzou Tiger as he was dealt his first loss since June 2 against Milwaukee. Gibson came back strong in his next outing against the Rangers June 29, going 8.0 innings, giving up just 2 earned runs, earning a victory making the right handed hurler 7-6 on the season with a 3.77 ERA.

Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
In his last 10 appearances, Crow has compiled a 1.93 ERA, giving up just two earned runs and seven hits in 9.1 innings pitched. Since last checking in with the righty, he has made two appearances, surrendering no hits. Crow entered the game in relief with two outs in the bottom of the sixth with a 4-1 lead and runners in scoring position against the Twins on June 30, once again getting the job done as he forced a fly-out to end the inning against Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe.

Nick Tepesch - Texas Rangers - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Tepesch evened his season record to 3-3 with a 7.1 inning scoreless outing against the Twins on June 27, striking out five and giving up only three hits. The 6-4, 225-pound righty has compiled a 3.65 ERA this season, striking out 29 batters in eight outings.

Matt Stites - Arizona Diamondbacks - First Season - Relief Pitcher
Stites has yet to give up his first Major League run since being called up on June 19. Since last checking in, Stites has made three more appearances for the Diamondbacks for a total of 3.1 scoreless innings giving up three hits and striking out five. The Festus, Mo., native took care of business coming in with the bases loaded, two outs and a two-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, striking out Padres Rene Rivera on three pitches.

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