Sunday, June 3, 2012

Justin Verlander Struggles in Tigers 5-1 Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Yankees today 5-1.

The Tigers decided to take the day off and didn't show up it seemed. The only run came from a Prince Fielder solo home run; It's his 9th of the season.

Justin Verlander made the start today and struggled all day with his command. He pitched 6 and 1/3 innings giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4 batters. Of the 114 pitches he threw, only 66 were strikes.

Duane Below and Brayan Villarreal combined to pitch 2 and 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

The Tigers have an off day tommorrow, but open up a 3 game home series with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday as Drew Smyly (2-1 3.46 ERA) takes on Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4 5.79 ERA).

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