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Andy Oliver struggles, Tigers fall to White Sox

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Final - 6.3.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 4
Chicago White Sox 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 X 6

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BOX

KEY STAT

4 runs, 3 2/3 innings: Tigers starter Andy Oliver had a bad day on the mound and Detroit was forced to claw its way back most of the night because of it.

KEY STAT B

.324: Jhonny Peralta leads the Tigers in average and a 3-for-4 night only helped him.

KEY PLAY

Juan Pierre (!) homered against the Tigers in the eighth to make it a two-run game. Yes let me repeat. JUAN PIERRE -- not a typo -- hit a home run to give Chicago some insurance.

KEY THOUGHTS

The Tigers made it interesting anyway. After Andy Oliver struggled mightily to find the strike zone and do anything with it when he finally reached it, it seemed like it was going to be a long night. FS Detroit announcer Mario Impemba and analyst Rod Allen were already getting silly and comparing Adam Dunn to Godzilla. It was that kind of the night. Oliver didn't even make it out of the fourth inning and it was a 4-0 deficit to the White Sox by the end of that inning. Yet a three-run home run by Casper Wells and some later late-innings magic got Detroit within a run, 5-4, in the eighth inning before Pierre's home run gave Chicago the final score.

Frustrating? I guess. The Tigers came so close to making a come back but felt short. On the other hand, at least they made a run out of it, right? Wells made the best of an opportunity, which was nice as well. Then again I fell asleep, so maybe I'd be more frustrated if I wasn't so tired tonight.

In any case, you definitely want to check out these links being tweeted at me by some of our regular commenters, Rob and 1319something.

We know the Tigers are a streaky team, but let's hope this streak ends at one or it's going to be an awful weekend.