Walkoff Woodward

Concerning Detroit Baseball
July 30, 2014

Defense, Bullpen Flounder As Tigers Pounded By White Sox

It was another game to forget at Comerica Park as the Tigers lost to the White Sox 11-4.

Through six innings, this one was quite close – tied, in fact, at 2-2, with a hit-and-miss White Sox bullpen due to take over and Anibal Sanchez pitching well. In the seventh, however, everything came apart for the Tigers. After a leadoff single, Gordon Beckham hit a grounder to third baseman Miguel Cabrera – playing there after Nick Castellanos was scratched with a minor injury. Cabrera had no chance at the double play, but a bobble cost him the out at first, putting two on with nobody out.  After a popout, Tyler Flowers’s single to left – coupled with a bobble by Rajai Davis, the second Detroit error of the frame – put the White Sox ahead 3-2.

Sanchez would be replaced by Joakim Soria. Soria proceeded to turn in what he described as the worst outing of his career, allowing a single, a bases-clearing double, and then consecutive home runs to Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn. When the damage was all said and done, the Sox had put up a seven spot to make it 9-2.

It would be unfair to judge Soria too harshly for these early performances – recall that Anibal Sanchez took a few starts to get acclimated when coming over from Miami – but it would also be wrong to ignore his early struggles. Soria is a very good pitcher, and he unquestionably has better outings to come, but this was not what anyone was hoping to see from him early on in his Tiger career.

Max Scherzer will take on Hector Noesi Wednesday night as the Tigers aim to get back on track, having now lost four in a row.

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