At first, it looked like the game was going to be a laugher, after the Tigers scored six runs in the second inning off Brewers left-hander Eric Lauer. Haase tied the score at 1 with a homer to begin the frame.
Five batters later, the Tigers had the bases loaded and Miguel Cabrera doubled in three runs to make it a 4-1 game. It was Cabrera’s 400th double as a member of the Tigers and the 583rd double of his career, tying him with Robin Yount for 21st place on the all-time MLB leaderboard.
Cabrera later scored on a two-run homer by Schoop, the second baseman’s sixth of the season.
In the next inning, Haase increased Detroit’s lead by hitting his second home run of the game, a solo shot over the center-field fence. For Haase, the game of his life was a dream come true. He grew up a Tigers fan in Detroit. His hero as a kid was Cabrera. Now they are teammates.
“I don’t take this for granted. It’s a great group of guys. I love this team. However long it may be, I’m here for the ride,” Haase said. “Any time I can put that jersey on and compete with these guys, I take a lot of pride in that. When we are at home, it legitimately feels like the city is pulling for us. It’s starting to be exciting again for Tigers baseball.”
Lauer lost his second game of the season, and he was impressed with what he saw from the Tigers.
"Those guys are dogs, man. They’re going to fight. They’re not just going to roll over for anybody,” Lauer said. “We’ve got a really solid lineup, a really tough lineup for anybody to face, and I think that at any point we can come back in any game -- no matter if we’re down five, six, seven, eight, whatever.”
Against that Brewers lineup, Tigers starter Matthew Boyd didn’t qualify for the victory. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs. By the time he left the game, the Tigers were up 7-5. But Boyd had given up three homers, two of which were knocked by Kolten Wong.
“He tried to do a little bit too much and stopped executing. Then the game is getting closer and closer,” Hinch said. “It was a struggle for him, just being able to control his pitches. The activity of the night just took him out of the game.”
But Detroit added to its lead in the sixth inning when Schoop hit his second homer of the game -- a solo shot -- to make it an 8-5 game.
“The ball was flying out of the ballpark tonight. We put up some really good swings,” Hinch said. “Obviously, Haase and Schoop had big nights. We needed every run we could get.”
The Brewers made it a two-run game, when Tyrone Taylor hit his second home run of the game, this time off reliever Tyler Alexander.
“It felt like basically the whole game we were fighting,” Wong said. “It was one of those tough ones. When we scored one, they came back and scored one or two. We were just constantly chasing, just a little too far behind.”
The Tigers added two more of those insurance runs off Brewers reliever Eric Yardley in the ninth. Nomar Mazara highlighted the scoring with an RBI double.
“Our approach [at the plate] has been pretty good for about a month now,” Hinch said. “There are obviously some struggles here and there, but I think the at-bats as a whole have been pretty competitive. I think our game plan has been very good. … [Our] players are doing a great job of adjusting as the game goes along.”