|Final - 5.1.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Chad Durbin (1 - 1)
SV: Chris Perez (7)
LP: Joaquin Benoit (0 - 2)
4-for-14: RISP. But we could use that one all the time. So a bonus: 4-for-12. The top three in the Tigers lineup batted .333 with a walk while scoring three runs.
With a chance to tie the game or even give Detroit the lead, Brennan Boesch swings on the first pitch in the ninth inning and flies out to end it.
Wait a minute. Chad Durbin got the win?!
If you're keeping track, Joaquin Benoit has allowed 10 runs in his last three games. His failings have been key in each of the team's losses when he pitched.
But don't take blame away from the batters either. Between a lack of getting on base, a lack of execution, a lack of luck, and any number of other lackings which I'm sure you will name, the Tigers just plain lacked the ability to score runs.
Phil Coke had a nice game. He bounced back from two poor outings to go six innings with two runs allowed against the Indians. Actually all the starters did well this series, and most of the bullpen fared fine. So it was really just the lineup that is in need of big help.
By the way, it's good that Victor Martinez will be back this week, because Brennan Boesch just cannot bat behind Miguel Cabrera with any success. Manny Acta could have intentionally walked Cabrera every game and Boesch would not have made him pay. That's no way to win.
In fact this entire week reminded me way too much of last July and August.
It certainly was an awful week, but the pitching was promising enough that I'm really not too worried. Now to get some production out of the lineup. ...