Detroit Tigers walk-off San Diego Padres, 4-3, on Victor Reyes double

Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal wasn’t pleased when he entered the dugout after Wednesday’s fourth inning.

He spiked his cap, glove and a paper cup before chucking two water bottles, a product of an exhausting 39-pitch inning in which his defense failed to him. By the end of his outing, the 25-year-old completed six innings and received a firm handshake from manager A.J. Hinch.

“I had some other motivation, too,” Skubal said.

He declined to elaborate.

“I’ll keep it to myself,” he said.

Skubal’s fury — and his secret motivation, likely the looming trade deadline — kept the Tigers in the game. The offense rallied for a 4-3 walk-off victory (and a victory in the three-game series) over the San Diego Padres at Comerica Park.

Detroit Tigers right fielder Victor Reyes (22) receives congratulations from teammates after he hits a walk off two-RBI double in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

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Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers strung together three hits off Padres closer Taylor Rogers: a leadoff double by Jeimer Candelario, a two-out single by Jonathan Schoop and a two-out double by Victor Reyes, who launched the ball over the head of former Tiger Nomar Mazara in right field to score pinch-runner Akil Baddoo from third and Schoop from first.

“When the ball is off the bat, we all hold our breath,” Hinch said. “And then it hits the wall.”

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