Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tigers lose 4-3 in the 13th Inning on a Walk-Off Home Run

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Los Angeles Angels today 4-3 in 13 innings.

The Tigers offense has been struggling, but scored first today in the 2nd inning after Jhonny Peralta drew a walk & Omar Infante hit a single. Then, both advanced a base due to a balk with Austin Jackson at the plate who then drove in Peralta on a fielder's choice to take a 1-0 lead.

The Angels took a 3-1 lead due to some poor defense, but the Tigers tied the game in the 5th inning after Torii Hunter drew a walk, then Prince Fielder hit a 2-run home run to make it a 3-3 game; it's his 5th of the season.

Doug Fister was wild early on (3 batters hit), but settled into the game nicely going 7 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned, soon to be 0 earned) on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5 batters.

Al Alburquerque came in for relief and threw a scoreless 8th inning.

The Tigers should've had a chance to take the lead in the 9th inning, after a single by Omar Infante, Austin Jackson attempted to sacrifice bunt (which isn't smart to begin with), but Ernesto Frieri threw to 2nd base and Infante was called out on a blown call by 2nd base umpire Gary Darling, and the Tigers didn't score in the inning.

Al Alburquerque came back out and pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Joaquin Benoit came in and pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Phil Coke then came in and pitched a scoreless 11th inning.

Phil Coke came back out for the 12th and pitched a scoreless inning. Coke came back out for some reason and served up a home run to Mark Trumbo to lose the game for Detroit in the 13th inning.

The Tigers have an off day tomorrow, but open up a 3 game home series on Tuesday with the Royals as Max Scherzer (1-0 2.84 ERA) pitches against Wade Davis (2-0 2.25 ERA).

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