Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Phil Coke Blows a Save in a 3-2 Tigers Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins today 3-2.

The Tigers took scored first in the 3rd inning after Austin Jackson drew a walk, Torii Hunter hit a single, then Miguel Cabrera hit a single to drive in Jackson and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.

Detroit added to their lead in the 5th inning after singles by Omar Infante and Torii Hunter to put runners on 1st and 3rd base for Miguel Cabrera who hit a single to drive in Infante and the Tigers had a 2-0 lead.

Anibal Sanchez struggled with his command today, but managed to pitch 5 shutout innings while giving up only 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5 batters.

Darin Downs came in for relief and pitched a scoreless 6th inning. Downs came back out and got the first out of the 7th inning, then Brayan Villarreal got the final 2 outs of the inning, but allowed a run to score that was charged to Downs, and it was a 2-1 game.

Joaquin Benoit came in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

With only one scheduled left handed hitter in the 9th inning, perhaps Octavio Dotel or Al Alburquerque would be todays closer? Wrong, Joaquin Benoit came back out for the 9th inning, walked a batter then it was Phil Coke's opportunity again. He came in for the 9th and blew the save and the game. Nice managing by Leyland by the way (just kidding, he did a terrible job).

The Tigers finish their series with Minnesota tomorrow as Rick Porcello makes his first start of the year against Mike Pelfrey.

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