Detroit Tigers’ Garrett Hill dazzles in debut; 4-1 win in Game 1 of 2

Garrett Hill walked down the dugout steps and received a firm handshake from Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch. Once the right-hander reached the bottom step, many of his new teammates were there to congratulate him.

He couldn’t have asked for a better major league debut.

A former 26th-round draft pick, Hill completed six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers’ 4-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader at Comerica Park.

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“That was really fun, watching him go to work and prepare,” manager AJ Hinch said. “A dream come true for him, and then to come out and methodically work through his day, he was super composed and very prepared, very smart with how he went about his business.”

Hill became the first pitcher in franchise history to toss at least six innings and allow no more than two hits in his debut.

“That’s crazy,” Hill said.

Tigers pitcher Garrett Hill pitches during the first inning of Game 1 of the doubleheader on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Comerica Park.

Scoring four runs was important, too.

The Tigers (31-47) — averaging 3.01 runs per game — scored two runs in the first inning off Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac.

Riley Greene drew a four-pitch walk and advanced to third base on Willi Castro’s single to right field. Although Javier Báez struck out swinging on a slider, Miguel Cabrera drove in both runners for a 2-0 lead with a single that bounced up the middle.

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