I really thought the Tigers would turn it around in this series.
Well, I hoped they would at least.
All seemed well on Monday. Other than the fact it was my birthday, the Tigers seemed on point that night. Seriously, the top half of the first inning lasted 20 minutes alone and forced 40 pitches out of Rangers starter, Justin Grimm.
Thankfully, the Tigers managed to pull off the 8-2 win Monday night capped off by stellar performances from Detroit starter, Rick Porcello and Miguel Cabrera, who finished 3-for-4 on the night with three RBIs.
What a happy birthday it was…
…until the next day.
The high from the previous night’s win lasted till around that ever- frustrating time we realized the Tigers would fall short from reaching the .500 mark…again.
As a matter of fact, Tuesday’s game against the Rangers was seventh time Detroit has been within a game of breaking even. Since May 15, the last time the Tigers were .500, they’ve lost all seven times.
Cue the head-shaking all throughout the city of Detroit.
I mean, what is there to really say about that game other than, “We’ll get ‘em next time”?
Drew Smyly had a less-than-impressive outing, allowing six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings, and whatever bats the Tigers had the night before were essentially shut down by Rangers starter, Yu Darvish.
So, yeah, we’ll get ‘em next time.
Except, we didn’t. We scored nine runs off 17 hits in last night’s series finale and we didn’t win.
To say Doug Fister had a rough Wednesday would be a complete understatement. I think Jim Leyland said it best: “He just wasn’t real sharp. . .that pretty much sums up his outing.”
That about wraps it up. Just a truly ugly game where Detroit really couldn’t build any momentum. What more is there to say about a game where (I will say this again) you score nine runs off 17 hits and yet you don’t win.
Remember that head-shaking I mentioned earlier, well, that’s quickly turning into head-banging…as in, head-banging off the wall.
“I think what you do is turn the page,” Leyland said. “This is an ugly one. You turn the page and go to the next town.”
Here’s hoping the next page produces a win or two.