The Tigers wasted a JV-like performance from JV who pitched 7 strong innings striking out 8 and allow no runs. However, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. Lorenzo Cain hit a two run homer off of Valverde with two outs in the ninth to tie the game and give JV a no decision.
More importantly, the Tigers lost the game and the series.
Although it is easy to blame Valverde for giving up another long ball, and he does deserve blame, the vaunted Tiger offense could manage only 7 runs in the 3 games in KC. Not exactly a great return on investment.
On the bright side, Bryan Pena continues to make the most of his opportunities. He got 2 more hits this afternoon and raised his average up to .299.
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