Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Prince Fielder's Error Cost the Tigers in a 4-2 Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost tonight to the Cleveland Indians 4-2.

The Tigers struggled to get much going through 5 innings, but in the 6th inning, Quintin Berry got his first career hit in the 6th inning, and advanced to 2nd base on poor fielding by Cleveland; It was ruled a double officially, though. Andy Dirks followed that up with a RBI double, with more poor fielding by the Cleveland defense. Prince Fielder reached base after Asdrubal Cabrera tried to throw Andy Dirks out at home, but was too late (and Carlos Santana dropped the ball anyways).

After Doug Fister gave Travis Hafner a meatball that was hit for a 2-run home run, the Tigers came back in the 7th inning.

Ramon Santiago and Gerald Laird each hit a single, Quintin Berry reached base on a fielder's choice, and Andy Dirks took a walk to load the bases with 2 outs for Miguel Cabrera. Miguel Cabrera had taken ball 4, but the umpire was blind and called it a strike, Cabrera went on to ground out and it cost the Tigers a run and the lead.

Doug Fister went 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 batters. Phil Coke came in for relief and got the last out of the 7th inning.

After a fielding error by Jason Kipnis that allowed Prince Fielder to reach base, Delmon Young hit a single, and Brennan Boesch hit a single of his own to load the bases with no outs in the 8th inning. However, they didn't score a run and the game remained tied 2-2.

Bad defense by Prince Fielder let the winning run score in the bottom of the 8th and the Tigers couldn't come back in the 9th.

Justin Verlander (5-1 2.14 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale tommorrow against Justin Masterson (1-3 5.04 ERA).

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