and sinking fast. The Tigers got dusted this afternoon in Toronto, 8-3. Last year’s NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey pitched 7 strong, striking out 4 and walking 1.
The Tigers got no starting pitching from Jose Alvarez who lasted only 3 innings, allowing 5 runs, 4 of them earned.
The offense looked like they were going to try to make a game of it, scoring 2 in the top of the 4th, to cut the Jays’ lead to 5-2. But Luke Putkonen came in to relieve Alvarez in the bottom of the 4th and killed any chances the Tigers thought they might have when he gave up a three run homer to Mark DeRosa to extend the Toronto lead to 8-2.
If there were any bright spots, Omar Infante went 4 for 4 and drove in 2 of the 3 Tiger runs.
And what do you know, the Tigers finally scored a run after the 6th inning. They got one in the top of the 9th. Granted, it didn’t mean much but I’m grasping at straws here.
The Tigers have lost 6 of 7 and are no longer in first place, and frankly, unless something changes, I don’t expect them to be there when the season is over.
Commentors, Sark and Nebraskaknows, made excellent points in regard to yesterday’s game post. You can’t fire or trade all of the players, so it might time for Jim Lelyland to go. Something has to be done to shake this team up. While I’ve been a supporter of JL’s, I’m beginning to think he has run his course. On his way out, he can take Jeff Jones and Lloyd McClendon with him.
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