DETROIT – The best revenge is a game won at home.
Detroit Tigers striker Jacobi Jones, still agile after dipping into the helmet of Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, left on Wednesday night.
Jones doubled and got into a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win at Comerica Park.
“I had to pay them back a little bit to make them feel good,”; he said. “I just see how the ball is really good on the plate and I have to keep it and stay in. We just have to keep grinding. Even though we’re down, our lineup is dangerous enough to come back and our bullpen does great job. “
Jones has reason to be particularly sensitive to this issue. He was included in the list of wounded after in 2017 he was hit in the jaw in the jaw in Minnesota. In 2019, his season ended when he was kicked on the wrist against the Royals.
On Tuesday, Jones was hit by a rapid ball 92 miles from Kyle Zimmer on a stretched ear flap of his helmet, a protection that was added after his horrific injury in Minnesota.
Nothing about the field was intentional, but Jones was still mixed. Zimmer tried to apologize when he left the mound, but Jones gave him only a brief confession.
“I was so angry that I didn’t talk to anyone for an hour,” Jones said. “I’m not that angry (now), but it just sucks when I hit my head and hit the beat and all the time. These are the guys who ran into me last year and broke my wrists. It’s just frustrating. Then to hit yesterday in the face, just finished it.
“I’m not too angry, it just sucks. It’s something scary. When you rush up and hit someone in a helmet, it can be life threatening and dangerous. That’s what it is. Now I’m fine. We have a few jobs , so if we continue to do so, I will be happy. “
Jones is 8 years old for 19 years with three home runs in the young season. During the weekend in Cincinnati, he also made a catch that changes in the center of the field.
“He swung well,” said Tigers manager Ron Gardenshire. “He has a good, short range, he uses the whole field, he drives a baseball and the dominant center field. He feels very good. We have a good time. He has a good time.”
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