Here’s how ace Matt Boyd, top prospect Casey Mize performed in Detroit Tigers’ intrasquad game

Starting pitching headlines Tigers' second scrimmage at Comerica Park

Casey Mize and Matt Boyd faced off in the Detroit Tigers' intrasquad game July 9, 2020, at Comerica Park.
Casey Mize and Matt Boyd faced off in the Detroit Tigers' intrasquad game July 9, 2020, at Comerica Park. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Ace Matt Boyd squared off against elite prospect Casey Mize on Thursday at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers held their second intrasquad game.

Derek Hill stole the show Wednesday in the first scrimmage, making a ridiculous running, over-the-shoulder catch on a Jeimer Candelario line drive. It ended with him snaring the ball barehanded after it popped out of his glove.

Pitching was the story of the second game, as the team’s best MLB arm took the mound against MLB’s No. 7 overall prospect.

Here’s the lineup Boyd faced:

  1. JaCoby Jones, CF
  2. Harold Castro, 2B
  3. Cameron Maybin, RF
  4. Christin Stewart, LF
  5. Dawel Lugo, 3B
  6. Jordy Mercer, 1B
  7. Frank Schwindel, DH
  8. Grayson Greiner, C
  9. Willi Castro, SS

Here’s the lineup Mize faced:

  1. Niko Goodrum, SS
  2. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B
  5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
  6. Austin Romine, C
  7. Jorge Bonifacio, RF
  8. Brandon Dixon, LF
  9. Travis Demeritte, RF

Matt Boyd’s performance

Boyd didn’t look overly sharp in the top of the first inning. Jones flew out to deep left field before Harold Castro rocketed a single into right field.

Castro moved to second base when Maybin grounded out weakly to the right side of the mound. Then Stewart brought in the run with a hard-hit single down the right field line.

Lugo reached on an error committed by Goodrum before a Mercer grounder to third base ended the inning.

Boyd looked much sharper in his second inning of work, retiring Schwindel and Greiner before a two-out single from Willi Castro. He stranded the runner by getting Jones to ground out.

Boyd allowed just one run on three hits in two innings.

Jones flies out to deep left field:

Matt Boyd gets JaCoby Jones to fly out to deep left field during intrasquad scrimmage
Matt Boyd gets JaCoby Jones to fly out to deep left field during intrasquad scrimmage

Harold Castro singles to right field:

Harold Castro singles off of Matt Boyd during intrasquad game
Harold Castro singles off of Matt Boyd during intrasquad game

Maybin grounds out to the mound:

Cameron Maybin grounds out to pitcher Matt Boyd during Tigers intrasquad game
Cameron Maybin grounds out to pitcher Matt Boyd during Tigers intrasquad game

Stewart RBI single to right field:

Harold Castro scores on Christin Stewart's RBI single off of Matt Boyd in Detroit Tigers intrasquad game
Harold Castro scores on Christin Stewart's RBI single off of Matt Boyd in Detroit Tigers intrasquad game

Lugo reaches on Goodrum’s error at shortstop:

Dawel Lugo reaches on an error by Niko Goodrum at shortstop during Tigers intrasquad game
Dawel Lugo reaches on an error by Niko Goodrum at shortstop during Tigers intrasquad game

Boyd retires Mercer to end inning:

Jordy Mercer grounds out against Matt Boyd during Tigers intrasquad game
Jordy Mercer grounds out against Matt Boyd during Tigers intrasquad game

Casey Mize’s performance

It’s hard to imagine a more impressive first inning for Mize, as he ran through three of the team’s best hitters on eight pitches.

Goodrum struck out on three pitches, including a swinging third strike. Schoop hit a liner to right field and got robbed on a nice sliding catch by Maybin.

Then, Mize whiffed Cabrera on three pitches -- a foul ball and two swings and misses.

He finished the bottom of the first on eight pitches -- either seven or eight of them strikes, depending on the first pitch to Schoop. He also induced three swings and misses.

Mize retired Cron on a four-pitch weak fly ball to left field to start the second. He got Candelario to ground out to second base on two pitches. Romine hit a little tapper out in front of home plate that Greiner picked up and tossed to Mercer for the out.

Since he got through six batters on just 16 pitches, the Tigers had Mize face Bonifacio to get some extra work.

Bonifacio saw seven pitches and appeared to strike out looking after hitting a pair of foul balls and taking a close pitch.

Mize finished the game with 23 pitches and three strikeouts in two perfect innings, spanning seven outs.

Mize strikes out Goodrum on three pitches:

Casey Mize strikes out Niko Goodrum in Tigers intrasquad game
Casey Mize strikes out Niko Goodrum in Tigers intrasquad game

Maybin robs Schoop with sliding catch:

Cameron Maybin makes sliding catch to rob Jonathan Schoop during Tigers intrasquad game
Cameron Maybin makes sliding catch to rob Jonathan Schoop during Tigers intrasquad game

Mize strikes out Cabrera on three pitches:

Casey Mize strikes out Miguel Cabrera on 3 pitches during Tigers intrasquad game
Casey Mize strikes out Miguel Cabrera on 3 pitches during Tigers intrasquad game

Cron flies out to left field:

C.J. Cron flies out to left field against Casey Mize in Tigers intrasquad game
C.J. Cron flies out to left field against Casey Mize in Tigers intrasquad game

Candelario grounds out to second base:

Casey Mize retires Jeimer Candelario on ground ball during Tigers intrasquad game
Casey Mize retires Jeimer Candelario on ground ball during Tigers intrasquad game

Mize retires Romine on a weak tapper and Bonifacio on a seven-pitch strikeout:

Casey Mize retires Austin Romine, Jorge Bonifacio during Tigers intrasquad game
Casey Mize retires Austin Romine, Jorge Bonifacio during Tigers intrasquad game

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