An error, a wild pitch, and three double plays proved to be the undoing of the Tigers tonight.
Neither starter, Sanchez or Lester, were great, but they both pitched decently.
Both bullpens were good. I was very impressed with Coke Veras, and Alburquerque.
After falling behind 4-0, the Tigers showed some fight, battling back with single runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th, to make it a one run game. In the end they just couldn’t get it done.
If the Tigers are going to end their 29 year World Series drought they’re going to have to win two in a row at Fenway Park, no easy task.
The Tigers will have Scherzer pitching in game 6 and Verlander pitching the finale, if it goes to 7. If they can turn in performances close to their first outings, the Tigers may have an outside chance but they’re going to need some clutch hitting. What else is new?
The Tigers had a great chance to tie the game in the 7th. Down 4-2, with one out and runners on first and third, Cabrera stepped to the plate but grounded into a double play. The third run scored on the play but the double play effectively killed the rally.
The Tigers are getting nothing from Prince Fielder, except for the occasional single. It’s not good enough. He hasn’t driven in a post season run since game two of the 2012 ALDS. What makes matters worse is that he is having horrible at bats. Most of the time he falls behind 0-1 and ends up grounding into the defensive shift. He’s pretty much become an automatic out.
I’m also not thrilled with Torii Hunter’s performance in the lead off position but I guess there aren’t many other options.
Saturday it, once again, it’s time to “F*** or walk”.
We’ll have to wait and see.
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