Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tigers Jobbed Due to the Rain in a 4-1 Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost in a screwjob to the Boston Red Sox tonight 4-1.

Just like the last time the Tigers played in Boston this season, every call went to the home team, it's the ultimate home field advantage.

The Tigers scored first in the 3rd inning with a 2 out rally that started with an infield single by Omar Infante, hit-by-pitch to Austin Jackson, then a walk to Quintin Berry which loaded the bases for Miguel Cabrera who drew a walk to score Infante and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.

The Red Sox would go on to score 4 runs in the 4th inning thanks to the umpires deciding the game shouldn't be delayed even though the starting pitcher struggled to hold the ball every time he threw it.

The Tigers came back i nthe 5th with a walk to Prince Fielder, then Ryan Raburn reached base on a fielder's choice. Up next was Alex Avila who hit a single, then Jhonny Peralta drew a walk to load the bases, and in home field fashion, the game was delayed, after it had rained for over 120 minutes atleast, but when Boston is in danger of losing, the tarp HAD to come out and the game was called, so with the go-ahead run at the plate, the Tigers never got a chance to take a lead or tie the game.

Due to the rain, Verlander was done after 5 innings, which meant his streak of 63 straight starts of 6 innings or more was snapped. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6 batters.

Verlander's streak of 6 innings or more was the 3rd longest streak since 1921.

Oddly enough, due to the ridiculous calling of the game, Verlander pitched a "complete game".

The Tigers finish up their 3 game series with the Red Sox tommorrow as Rick Porcello (7-6 4.56 ERA) pitches against Aaron Cook (2-4 4.50 ERA).

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