Friday, April 27, 2012
Tigers Blow Late Lead, Lose 7-6
The Tigers came into this game with a losing streak and had Justin Verlander taking the mound. Well, Verlander left the game with a lead, but he didn't factor into the decision.
The Tigers scored their first run in the 2nd inning after a Don Kelly walk, then a triple by Brad Eldred, making his Tigers debut, on a badly misplayed ball by Raul Ibanez and tied the game at 1 early on.
The Tigers came back in the 3rd inning with another leadoff single by Austin Jackson. That followed up with a single by Brennan Boesch, and then a RBI single by Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
That RBI by Cabrera was the 1000th of his career!
Prince Fielder gave the Tigers their 4th straight single to start the inning and drove in Brennan Boesch.
Justin Verlander started out well, but left a pitch up in the zone in the 5th inning to Russell Martin who hit it the opposite way towards the little league porch in right field and that gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. However the Tigers came back in the 6th inning with a Jhonny Peralta double and Ryan Raburn single; a wild pitch got Raburn to 2nd base, so the Tigers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Austin Jackson had a 2 RBI double next and put the Tigers back in the lead 5-4.
Brennan Boesch had a hard lineout, and then Miguel Cabrera was walked intentionally, because the Yankees are afraid of him. Prince Fielder made the Yankees pay though by hitting another RBI single and gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead.
The Yankees came back and scored an unearned run after an error by Don Kelly which would've ended the inning; it was a 6-5 game after 6 innings.
Verlander was done after 6 innings, he gave up 5 runs (4 earned), gave up 7 hits and had 4 strikeouts. This wasn't his best game ever, but he did his job. With this being his last start in April, it also makes his 2.41 ERA the lowest he's ever had for the month of April.
Octavio Dotel came in to pitch the 7th inning and got the first two outs, and then Phil Coke came in to record the final out of the 7th.
Joaquin Benoit gave up a run in the 8th inning to make it a 6-6 game.
Brayan Villarreal came on to pitch the 9th inning and imploded. He couldn't throw strikes or even hit the catcher's glove. The Tigers lost 7-6 on a walk-off wild pitch.
Drew Smyly takes the mound tommorow as he faces off against Freddy Garcia.
Picture credit: detroitnews.com
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