Well, that’s one way to kick off the “second half”. #PriceIsRightLoserHorns
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, and Anibal Sánchez got off to a good start, throwing 6 innings of scoreless baseball before seemingly tiring in the seventh. Sánchez ended up allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 6+ innings of work, along with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.
One of those 4 runs was an inherited runner Al Alburquerque allowed to score on a three run homer to Jason Kipnis well after Sánchez was out of the game.
Ex-Tiger Ryan Raburn doubled off reliever Ian Krol in the 7th to tie the game at 3-3. Alburquerque then came in and gave up back-to-back homers to put the game out of reach for the Indians. Blaine Hardy was able to get them out of the inning without any further damage.
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After Phil Coke pitched around a couple baserunners of his own doing in the eighth, Chad Smith came on in the ninth and labored mightily, throwing 36 pitches in the process. Smith gave up two runs, including Kipnis’ second homerun of the night.
The Tigers made Indians closer Cody Allen work a bit in the ninth, but they were unable to cut into the Tribe’s lead and wound up 9-3 losers in the first game back from the All-Star Break.
Particularly disappointing was the inability to generate anymore offense against Bauer after the fourth inning, or to get anything going against the Indians’ relievers. The Tigers weren’t without some chances to score more than their three runs, but couldn’t cash in.
Also particularly troubling is the fact the Tigers had to burn through the bullpen in advance of a split day/night double header tomorrow, an fternoon game on Sunday, and 55 games in the next 55 days. The only relievers the Tigers didn’t have to use were Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan.
Tomorrow, the Tigers will send out rookie Drew VerHagen (6-7, 3.67 ERA in AAA) in game one of the double header against Corey Kluber (9-6, 3.01 ERA). Max Scherzer (11-3, 3.35 ERA) will face Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.63 ERA) in the night game. The first game of the double header will air on FSD at 1:08pm, and the second game will air on FS1 at 7:00pm.