This was a disgusting loss. The Tigers fell to the Twins 7-6 this afternoon at Comerica Park and dropped the series 2-1. Since the their 12 game win streak ended , the Tigers have lost series to the Yankees, White Sox and Twins.
I wrote yesterday how shutting down the running game and using the running game on offense were issues for the Tigers. But I can’t fall back on that today. The Tigers didn’t pitch well enough to win today.
Starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, lasted 7 innings but was just short of terrible. He allowed 10 hits and six earned runs while walking 3 and striking out 6. I don’t have the words for JV. In one start he looks like he’s the JV of old, in the next he looks like he’s not going to get anybody out. Today was the latter.
The Tigers were down 6-2 heading to the bottom of the 6th. Bryan Holaday, for the second night in a row, sparked a Tigers rally. With two out, Infate on third and Igelsias on 2nd, Holaday drove in Infante and turned the lineup over for Austin Jackson who tied the score with a 3 run shot.
The scored stayed tied at 6 into the top of the 8th when Bruce Rondon gave up the winning run on a walk and a Chris Hermann double. It looked like Austin Jackson misjudged the ball off of Hermann’s bat but regardless, when you give up 6 runs, you can’t expect to win many games.
In the bottom of the 8th and the Tigers trailing 7-6, Jim Leyland pinch hit Brayan Pena for Matt Holaday. Normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with this move, but Holaday was having a nice game. He was 2-2 with a walk, 2 RBIs, and his first MLB home run. I think he should have played the hot hand and let Holaday bat.
Off to NYC for a weekend series with the Mets.
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