The Tigers allowed 20 runs on 20 hits to the Minnesota Twins, en route to a 20-6 Twins blowout. What this all means is the Tigers find themselves 2.5 games out of first in the AL Central, as Kansas City won tonight.
• Blaine Hardy and Phil Coke. Both relievers settled things down and helped keep the Tigers in the game after the Twins took an early 6-1 lead. They combined for: 3 IP, 0 R/0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K.
• Miguel Cabrera. Miggy went 2-for-3 with 1 run scored. He also took a walk.
• Ian Kinsler. Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a homer to lead off the game, though he did struggle a little defensively.
• The Tigers being unable to get one more hit when they needed it the most. After scoring four runs to come within one, the Tigers had a shot in the fifth to take the lead; Rajai Davis grounded out to end the threat. In the sixth, they put men on at the corners and had Victor Martinez up with one out, but VMart grounded into an inning ending double play to end the threat and, effectively, their chances at a comeback as the bullpen imploded the following frame.
• The defense.
• Robbie Ray. After a 1-2-3 first, Ray got demolished in the second, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits (2 homers). He managed only one out in the second before being relieved by Blaine Hardy.
• Jim Johnson. Johnson was unable to build on a promising outing in Tampa. Johnson’s line: 0.2 IP, 3 ER/4 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K.
• Ian Krol. Krol was downright awful in his 0.2 IP of work, allowing five runs, although only one was earned. He also gave up three inherited runners. He was promptly optioned to Toledo after the game, along with Robbie Ray.
• Andrew Romine. The utility(ish) shortstop threw 1 IP, and got clobbered in an already embarrassing game. He allowed three runs on four hits, with 2 of those being homeruns. He did strike out Kurt Suzuki looking though. It’s not really Romine’s fault, but it was pretty ugly.
• The Tigers burning through the bullpen the night before a split double header.