Drew Smyly struggled mightily with his command and Jered Weaver was Jered Weaver for most of the game, as the Tigers dropped a disappointingly messy 11-6 affair to the Angels. The Tigers, who were down 11-1 at one point, made it mildly interesting in the seventh inning, after Mike Scioscia pulled his starters from the game but, sadly, a Tigers comeback wasn’t in the works.
Anaheim jumped out to an early 2-0 first inning lead and then padded it to 4-0 before the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the third. Smyly continued to battle his command and was replaced by Luke Putkonen in the fourth. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Putkonen struggled as well, as he gave up seven runs in just two innings of work. Justin Miller, recently recalled from Toledo, came in after Putkonen in his MLB debut; Miller pitched two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Miller was then followed by the much-maligned Phil Coke, who continued a recent stretch of modest success—four straight scoreless appearances after allowing three runs to Baltimore on April 5th—and pitched one inning, allowing a hit. Evan Reed rounded out the night in Tigers pitchers, throwing a scoreless ninth.
On the offensive side, Ian Kinsler had another strong night, collecting three hits and two RBI. Miguel Cabrera went hitless on his 31st birthday and saw his batting average dip to .231, but he did drive in one. Rajai Davis had a hit and scored two runs, and Nick Castellanos pinch hit for Torii Hunter in the seventh and 1-for-2, with an RBI.
On the Angels’ side… Who cares about the Angels? But, seriously, Mike Trout did Mike Trout things (he went 2-for-3 before being lifted in an act of mercy by Sciosia). Albert Pujols also hit his 497th career homerun, a 3-run shot, before he too was mercy-lifted. Howie Kendrick had a big night in the DH spot too, as he went 3-for-5 and batted in four of his teammates. Weaver improves his record on the season to 1-2 with the victory, too.
With this loss, the Tigers have now dropped 10 straight games to Anaheim. Their last victory against the Angels came on August 26, 2012 (h/t Bless You Boys). Yikes!
Max Scherzer (0-1) starts tomorrow afternoon against Anaheim’s CJ Wilson (2-1). It’s a 1:08pm start. Hopefully it’ll go better than Friday’s decbacle.