Detroit Tigers pitcher Garrett Hill wins major league debut in doubleheader opener vs. Cleveland, 4-1

The Tigers’ Garrett Hill throws in warmups before facing the Cleveland Guardians in Detroit on Monday. (AP photo)

DETROIT — Garrett Hill won his major league debut by pitching six impressive innings, Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-1 Monday afternoon in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Guardians played their third doubleheader in seven days and seventh this season.

A 26th-round draft choice by the Tigers in 2018, Hill allowed just two hits, including a home run by Josh Naylor. He struck out three and walked one.

“I’ve tried to get to this level and live out my dream,” Hill said. “I was pleased with all of it. I was able to stay super calm. I was happy with my preparation and everything.”

Hill drew attention last year after pitching in the Arizona League Fall Stars Game. He was a 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A and Double-A this season.

Back in 2005, another Tigers rookie pitcher also made his big league debut on the Fourth of July against Cleveland — that day, Justin Verlander took the loss.

Hill is the first Tigers pitcher to have allowed two or fewer hits in his MLB debut in six innings or more.

“After the second inning, going into the third, I started feeling my way again,” he said.


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