The Detroit Tigers had a lackluster showing in tonight's game, dropping a 5-2 affair to the Chicago White Sox. After scoring in both of the first two innings, the Tigers' bats fell silent for the rest of the night, though they did have runners on base on multiple occasions against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija.
Alex Wilson helped save the bullpen, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings after coming on in relief of starter Shane Greene. Wilson needed just 38 pitches to record 10 outs, but he will likely be unavailable for duty the next couple days.
Blaine Hardy worked a snappy 1-2-3 seventh inning and made a nice defensive play, coming off the mound to field a slow rolling bunt off the bat of Micah Johnson.
Angel Nesbitt continued the strong relief work from the Tigers' bullpen, tossing a scoreless inning of his own in the bottom of the eighth. Nesbitt gets extra points for striking out slugger Jose Abreu to open the frame.
Alex Avila was one of the lone bright spots for the Tigers offensively tonight. He homered in the top of the second, a play that was eerily similar to Ryan Raburn's "assisted home run" in 2011. Avila's fly ball looked as if it would have been a home run either way, but the ball glanced off of leftfielder Melky Cabrera's glove on its way out. It was Avila's second home run of the season, and both have been to the opposite field.
Game 26 Player of the Game
There was no Player of the Game poll for Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Royals, but given what we saw from Shane Greene tonight, Anibal Sanchez gets the nod for working deep into the game and delivering a much-needed victory for the Tigers.