WATCH: Detroit Tigers’ Pitcher Tosses Ball Over 100 Ft High Straight Into Stands

Published 09/29/2021, 2:43 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA;Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tyler Alexander (70) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports


The Detroit Tigers faced Minnesota Twins in quite an entertaining clash yesterday. Notably, as the two teams went to battle, an innocent fan benefited from their mind games. Detroit Tigers pitcher Tyler Alexander sent a ball flying in the stands, handing a fan an unexpected souvenir.

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Although the Tigers lost the match, Tyler’s strong pitches stood out. Notably, the team had their fifth consecutive season under 500 after the loss to Minnesota Twins. However, their 82nd loss would be remembered for Alexander’s flying saucer cum ball.

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Alexander’s strategy

On Tuesday night, while Alexander was drawing his pitch, Twins’ Willians Astudillo called a late timeout. However, the Detroit star did not plan on retrieving the pitch. Usually, in these cases, Tyler throws the ball at the backstop, but this time he sailed it through into the stands.

In baseball, once a pitcher starts the delivery, it is advised to complete the pitch, saving the player from the risk of injury. Although, Tyler did not complete his pitch the way it’s usually done.

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Tyler, later on, revealed that he has been practicing this for a while. According to Alexander, it’s his strategy to not give the hitter a free look at the pitch, and that’s why he throws it up in the air.

Tyler recalled, “I had a teammate in college, Preston Morrison, and I thought it was hilarious when he would do it. And he told me one day that it served a purpose, kind of like a free change of eye level.”

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Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins

The last time these two teams went up against each other at Target Field, they had a combined 31 runs, 16 walks, and 32 hits. On Tuesday, Minnesota Twins triumphed over the Detroit Tigers in a close match of 3-2.

Sep 28, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tyler Alexander (70) pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

With 3 losses on the bounce, things are not looking good for Detroit Tigers. However, their left-hand pitcher Tyler Alexander had a stellar run. He posted 6 innings in the game of the one-run ball and retired the final 12 batters he faced; The team lost the match by a whisker.

Notably, Detroit Tigers will face Minnesota Twins again on Wednesday. Will they be able to break their losing streak this time?

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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