Justin Verlander went 7, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk, but it wasn’t enough as the offense came up flat against Chris Capuano and could muster only one run. Blaine Hardy went 0.2 IP and imploded spectacularly, allowing three runs. Phil Coke came in to finish off the mess that was the 8th.
The Tigers have just 4 earned runs through three games in the series (they have 6 runs overall). The 3-through-6 hitters managed only 1 hit tonight, and squandered a few scoring chances in key spots. The lack of key hits in key situations has plagued the Tigers on the road recently; they had similar issues on their last roadtrip out west too.
Granted the lineup was a little short tonight without Torii Hunter or Eugenio Suárez, but Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, et al should be able to provide more than just one measly run off a mediocre lefthander. That isn’t to take anything away from Capuano, but he shouldn’t be shutting down this supposedly dangerous offense so effortlessly. The Tigers need to sort this out and quick; if Kansas City wins in Arizona tonight, they’re only 3.5 games out of first.
The Tigers wrap up the series in New York at 1:05PM tomorrow. Rick Porcello (13-5, 3.18 ERA) looks for his MLB-leading 14th win of the season, while the Yankees send out rookie Shane Greene (2-1, 3.68 ERA).