Monday, July 2, 2012

Doug Fister Struggles in a Tigers 6-4 Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins tonight 6-4.

The Tigers scored first tonight after a single by Alex Avila who advanced to 2nd base on a hit-and-run play, then Austin Jackson was walked, and Quintin Berry hit a single to load the bases for Miguel Cabrera who hit a deep fly ball, but was only good for a sacrifice fly and put the Tigers up 1-0.

After cruising through the first 3 innings, Doug Fister struggled in the 4th and 5th innings and was done after 4+ innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4 batters.

Luis Marte entered in relief and pitched a scoreless 5th inning.

The Tigers came back in the bottom of the 5th inning after a single by Austin Jackson, walk to Quintin Berry, then Miguel Cabrera hit a 2-run double. Prince Fielder was up next and drew a walk, then with Delmon Young at the plate, Miguel Cabrera advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Young, but trailed 6-4 after 5 innings.

Marte came back out to pitch the 6th inning, and got the first 2 outs, then Phil Coke came in to get the last out of the inning. Coke came back out for the 7th and had a scoreless inning, then got the first 2 outs of the 8th. Octavio Dotel came in and got the last out of the 8th inning. Dotel came back out for the 9th and threw a scoreless inning.

The Tigers had their chances late in the game, but couldn't come through with a win.

Max Scherzer (7-5 4.98 ERA) makes the start for Detroit tommorrow against Nick Blackburn (4-5 7.74 ERA) of the Twins.

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