The Tigers scored six runs yesterday. They could’ve used them today as the bats once again went quiet in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh, capping off a 2-7 road trip that somehow felt much, much worse.
Detroit was largely kept quiet by Edinson Volquez. They scored three batters in against him, and could have had more if not for a flukishly great play by Volquez to rob Victor Martinez of an RBI single. The swings were good and the Tigers looked like they might score some runs.
That, however, didn’t happen. Volquez would give up just two more hits – one of them a homer to Alex Avila – and ended up carrying the Pirates through six.
Robbie Ray pitched fairly well for Detroit and this can’t really be pinned on him. The Pirates took the lead for good with two runs in the second on three doubles. The first was a shot up the gap by Russell Martin. The second was a grounder down the third base line that Miguel Cabrera probably should’ve gotten to. The third was a routine fly ball to center that Ezequiel Carrera inexplicably didn’t catch – he seemed to give way to Rajai Davis, but Davis was nowhere near. It was another in a long line of increasingly frequent mental errors from a team that is playing bad baseball in nearly every facet of the game right now. In the end, he walked two and struck out six in five innings. The four earned runs he was charged with were harsh, considering all the misplayed doubles weren’t ruled as errors, and the fourth run came across by virtue of Al Alburquerque inheriting the runner and allowing him to score.
The Tigers got two on with one out against closer Mark Melancon in the ninth, but Torii Hunter flied out and Rajai Davis – who keeps starting at the top of the order against righties for some reason – grounded out to end the game.
The Tigers are back home tonight to finish this bizarre four game home-and-home set with Pittsburgh. They’ll send BUCK FARMER to the mound to try and get the team back on track. My, what a sentence that is.