Baddoo delivers game winning hit as Tigers beat Twins 4-3 in 10
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Akil Baddoo celebrates after driving in the game winning run against Minnesota (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)

(DETROIT) – Akil Baddoo homered in each of his first two big league games, but his team lost both. So the Detroit outfielder took matters into his own hands with another memorable swing. Baddoo added another big hit in this charmed start to his career, lining an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. ...... {LISTEN}. Baddoo made his debut Sunday against Cleveland and homered on the first pitch thrown to him. Then he hit a grand slam in a 15-6 loss to the Twins on Monday. The rookie entered Tuesday's game as a pinch-runner, stayed in to play the outfield and ended it with a hit to right off Hansel Robles (0-1). The 22 year old Baddoo was taken by the Tigers from the Twins last December in the Rule 5 draft of players left off 40-man rosters. Picked 74th in the draft by Minnesota in 2016, Baddoo had never played above Class A until this year, and was a career .249 hitter in four minor league seasons. Nelson Cruz and Byron Buxton homered for the Twins, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Gregory Soto (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Detroit, and the Tigers scored in their half of the 10th. Baddoo is the first player in the modern era with multiple homers, including a grand slam, and a walk-off hit in the first three games of his career. The Tigers said that stat was confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau. Casey Mize allowed a run and four hits in four innings for the Tigers, and Minnesota starter J.A. Happ allowed a run and three hits in four innings.

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