The Tigers lost 3-1 in Kansas City tonight and could only muster 3 base runners.
Royals pitcher Ervin Santana pitched 7 and a 1/3 allowing two hits, 1 walk and 0 runs.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was wild but pitched well. Sanchez pitched 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits. He struck out 3 but walked 5. It seemed like he was in trouble most of the game but managed to get out of jams.
If there was anything to like about this game, Phil Coke went 2/3 of an inning allowing a hit and striking out 1 and Bruce Rondon pitched an inning and a third with 1 strike out.
This was the seventh time the Tigers have been shut out this season.
Kansas City center fielder, Lorenzo Cain, made about 4 good catches in deep center but that was about all the Tigers did to threaten. Torii Huner flied to center to end the game leaving Miguel Cabrera on deck. It would have been nice to see the big man come to the plate in the top of the 9th with a chance to do some damage abut Royals’ closer Greg Holland was too good.
Let’s hope JV has a good outing tomorrow and the Tigers start hitting. This was not how I was hoping the second half would start.
Here’s a few thoughts on the Tiger second half:
- Fielder will start to hit and raise his average to over .280
- Justin Verlander will return to form
- Phil Coke will pitch the way he did at the end of last season. (I just can’t give up on Coke yet. I’m biased because I’m like him but I have faith in him.)
- Bruce Rondon will shore up the bullpen
- The Tigers will win the World Series, ending a 29 year drought, by beating the Cardinals in 6 games.
This is my story and I’m sticking to it? Or at least until they start makin’ me mad again. 🙂
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