The Detroit Tigers called up their top pitching prospect, Matt Manning, to start against the LA Angels and mega-phenom Shohei Ohtani.
This would seem like a tall task, but Manning was up to the challenge.
Manning finished the game pitching 5 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. He also had the first three strikeouts of his career.
While both of the runs Manning allowed were charged as earned, an argument could be made that at least one of them should have been unearned. In the second inning Kean Wong fired a base hit up the middle. Daz Cameron took too long to field the ball and Wong hustled to second, turning a would be single into a double. Luis Rengifo then singled to left. Akil Badoo overshot the cut-off man and had a high throw to the plate. Eric Haase could not handle it allowing Wong to score and Rengifo to advance to third. A David Fletcher single then scored Rengifo.
Passable defense would have prevented at least one, if not both runs.
Overall, Matt Manning’s debut went as good, if not better, than you could expect. Manning threw 77 pitches, 47 of them strikes, and was able to calm down the early jitters he was feeling in his debut.
Manning relied on his fastball primarily, reaching the upper-90’s on occasion.
The Tigers should be thrilled with this start as pitching coach Chris Fetter has a nice piece to work with now. The Matt Manning debut can only be seen as a success for the young power pitcher.