Scherzer Perfect No More, As Offense Struggles Against Rangers’ Holland

Scherzer is perfect no more.

Scherzer suffers first defeat.

Max Scherzer finally dropped his first decision of the season as the Tigers lost to Texas, 7-1. Scherzer didn’t pitch that poorly—Texas tacked on three more runs after he left the game—but he struggled with his breaking ball, and Texas batters worked him for several long at bats. Scherzer was around 80 pitches in the fourth and finished with 120+ pitches in six innings of work. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Luke Putkonen and Phil Coke followed him and combined for two scoreless innings of relief on two hits, along with one strikeout.

The ninth is when it fell apart. Al Alburquerque struggled again, as he allowed an RBI single and another homer—this one a two-run shot—to push the score to 7-1.

The story of the game were the offense’s missed opportunities early on, and their inability to get much going against Holland after that. Hernan Perez chipped in with an RBI single in the fourth to score Jhonny Peralta to cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-1, but that was all the Tigers would get.

Scherzer suffered just his first defeat since the first game of a doubleheader on September 23, 2012.

Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.71 ERA) goes tomorrow in his final start—and the Tigers’ final game—before the lengthy All-Star Break. The Rangers will send out Martin Pérez (3-1, 2.08 ERA) to oppose him. Pérez has faced the Tigers once, and lasted only 0.2 IP, as he allowed four runs on three hits.

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