Eovaldi got off to a rocky start in the first inning when he allowed a lead off home run to Curtis Granderson. Then, Eovaldi allowed an RBI double to Daniel Murphy, bringing home Juan Lagares. Eovaldi's issues continued into the third when he allowed back-to-back doubles, which brought home two more runs.
"We were scoring runs early and it's frustrating having to go to the bullpen so early, that I couldn’t go further in the game," Eovaldi said to MLB.com. "But the bullpen has been awesome."
After recording a strikeout in the fifth, Eovaldi allowed Lagares to reach on an infield single and was pulled. He recorded six strikeouts with no walks and now boasts a 4.15 ERA in 21 2/3 innings.
Evoladi, who remains 1-0, will look to get back on track Saturday against the Red Sox.
"I saw in Detroit the best slider I've seen him have. I thought it had great depth," Girardi said. "I thought he threw his curve ball well. They had a predominantly right-handed lineup, so maybe he didn't throw as many splits as in some of the other games. Probably as important as anything, I thought he pitched inside to them. You throw 95, 96 and you're able to pitch inside for strikes and a little bit off the plate, guys aren't really comfortable. That's really important."
Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings pitched this season.
"I think sometimes because he's been up a few years, people forget about how young he really is," Girardi said. "He's a young starting pitcher. He's still developing. When you learn how to do some of the things he’s learning how to do, it just makes you that much more effective."
Eovaldi struck out four and was never in any trouble until a leadoff double in the eighth inning, at which put the right hander turned it over to the bullpen.
"I moved my arm a little closer to my body in my last bullpen [session], and I was able to keep it there for most of the game," Eovaldi said. '"It really helped my command."
Eovaldi will get his first taste of the Subway Series on Sunday when his next start will be at home against the Mets.
Eovaldi is winless in his last six road starts, including Wednesday against the Orioles. He is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in that span. It is the longest road losing streak of his career.
The Tigers enter play Tuesday with 70 runs, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the majors. They are also second in the majors with a .308 batting average against right-handed pitchers.
Eovaldi put plenty of people on base throughout the start but was able to lean on his strikeout ability to limit the damage to an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth.
"In the first inning and the fourth inning I threw a lot of pitches," Eovaldi said after the game, per The Journal News. "I have to do a better job of getting deep into games. It’s early in the season, but still. When I get the quick outs, I need to bounce back from that and keep attacking the zone. I know a lot of times when I did get quick outs, I fell behind 2-0, then it’s 2-1 and they’re battling back and fouling off more pitches."
He takes a 4.35 ERA and 10:4 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings into a matchup with the Tigers next week.
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