(WXYZ) -- Tigers starter Casey Mize threw nine strikeouts in four innings of work and Detroit tied the Toronto Blue Jays 3-3 in spring training play Thursday night.
In addition to the nine strikeouts, Mize gave up two earned runs on five hits with no walks.
"I knew I wanted to make a good impression because I needed to," Mize said. "This spring hasn't been as good as I would have liked for it to be, so I knew I needed to have a pretty good night tonight."
Did Casey Mize think tonight about impressing the Tigers to make the Opening Day roster?— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) March 26, 2021
"Honestly I would say so," he said. "I knew I wanted to make a good impression because I needed to." pic.twitter.com/WXLHIvORxr
Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless fifth inning for Detroit, and Michael Fulmer finished out the game, giving up one run on three hits, striking out seven batters in four innings.
Eric Haase hit a solo home run for Detroit in the ninth inning.
UP NEXT: The Tigers visit the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in Bradenton, Florida.