It was a frustrating one for the Tigers in Seattle as they came up just short in a 3-2 loss in Seattle.
There were plenty of frustrating moments for the Tigers in this one. Losing to the lineup the Mariners put out will definitely be among them. With Drew Smyly on the mound and Robinson Cano out again, Seattle stacked their lineup with righties – and not very good righties, either. Unfortunately, Drew Smyly’s fastball command deserted him again, as his pitch count went through the roof and he gave up two RBI singles to Willie Bloomquist. Smyly lasted just four innings due to the inflated pitch count. He threw 41 balls in those four innings. Five strikeouts, though.
As a lot of other teams have, the Tigers inexplicably struggled against Chris Young. They came up with just three hits – one of them a Miguel Cabrera homer – and really struggled to get anything going. They finally got their chances against the bullpen after an Austin Jackson double chased Young in the seventh. Jackson would eventually score on a wild pitch. The seventh saw the Tigers denied a great chance – for the second time in the game, Ian Kinsler hit with two on and two out and hit a rocket to the warning track in left that Cole Gillespie managed to run down. In the eighth, with Miguel Cabrera at first and one out, Victor Martinez made a bid for a go-ahead homer with a screaming line drive to the warning track in right.
The biggest talking point will perhaps come from the ninth inning. Old friend Fernando Rodney walked Alex Avila and gave up a bloop single to Don Kelly, putting runners at 1st and 2nd with nobody out. With J.D. Martinez on his bench, Brad Ausmus elected to send Andrew Romine up to bunt. Romine couldn’t get it down and ended up striking out. Rajai Davis then struck out on a 3-2 pitch that was out of the zone, and Ian Kinsler – up again in a key spot – grounded out to end the ballgame.
The bullpen was actually great, facing twelve batters and retiring all of them. But it’s hard to win when your 1 and 2 hitters combine to go 0-for-9.
The Tigers can still win the series and the road trip tomorrow afternoon behind Max Scherzer.