White Sox 5, Tigers 1 Snap Reaction: Tigers' offense takes a holiday

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 14: Left fielder Delmon Young #21 of the Detroit Tigers cannot get to a solo home run hit by Alexei Ramirez #10 of the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field on April 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Snap Reaction: Yesterday the Detroit Tigers' defense took a game off. Today, the offense found better things to do than show up at U.S. Cellular Field in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

The story of the game was the Tigers inability to hit with runners in scoring position. In fact, the only thing close to a scoring hit when it the game was still in doubt was in the top of the 6th inning. Prince Fielder drilled a foul ball into the dugout, nailing starting pitcher Adam Wilk, ending his afternoon prematurely. (A Fielder line shot coming directly at you have to be a life altering experience...and a possible life ending experience when it hits you). Wilk was diagnosed with a left shoulder contusion (aka bruised shoulder), and is not expected to miss any time.

In his first major league start, Wilk pitched quite well. He more than held his own, doing what he does best, throw strikes. Unfortunately, he paid the price on his only 2 mistakes, allowing solo home runs to light hitting Alexei Ramirez in the 2nd, and lighter hitting Tyler Flowers in the 5th.

Much in thanks to an ineffective Daniel Schlereth, the Tigers bullpen pretty much ended any chance at a comeback before once could even start. Colin Balester and Schlereth combined to give the White Sox 3 insurance runs in the 7th and 8th. Game over, man. Game over.

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd threw 6 shutout innings. He only allowed 3 hits, but struggled with his control, allowing 3 BB and 3 HBP (Plunking Delmon Young twice). The wildness forced Floyd to pitch in and out of trouble all day. The Tigers loaded the bases in the 2nd and 6th innings, but came up snake eyes. Floyd was bailed out 3 times by a pitcher's best friend, the double play.

Austin Jackson remained white hot, with 3 of the Tigers' 5 hits. Brennan Boesch added a solo homer for the Tigers only run. Wilk took the loss, starting his career 0-1. Floyd was the winning pitcher, evening his record at 1-1.

The worst news of all? The win moved the White Sox into 1st place in the AL Central with a 5-2 record. The Tigers are in 2nd place at 5-3.

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