Eight straight losses, this one somehow more outrageous than the rest. The Tigers lost 4-3 to the White Sox on a walk-off HBP in the 11th inning when Tigers reliever Alex Wilson's pitch came inside on former Tiger Avisail Garcia. This following a two-out home run allowed by closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. You can't make this stuff up.
The Tigers fell to 29-29, remaining five games out of first place while allowing the cellar-dwelling White Sox to come within two more weekend wins from surpassing them.
The Tigers led 3-1 after the top of the seventh after Josh Wilson drove in a pair of runs with a single to right field, but Kyle Ryan gave one right back on a home run to Garcia. Still, Detroit led 3-2 in the ninth and Soria was within two strikes of adding another save to his ledger when this time Adam LaRoche struck. The ball left the playing field to right-center just beyond Rajai Davis's reach for a 3-3 tie.
The Tigers went down 1-2-3, 4-5-6 in the 10th and 11th, before Alex Wilson gave up a pair of singles, the second one getting Adam Eaton to third base with no outs, before intentionally walking the next batter he saw to load the bases. After getting two strikes on Garcia, Wilson walked off the field after a pitch came just a bit too inside and knicked Garcia.
The pity is that Tigers starter Kyle Ryan pitched a nice game. He allowed two runs on just three hits and a walk in seven innings. Joba Chamberlain and Blaine Hardy each got an out in the eighth before Ausmus tried to get another four-out save out of Soria. It was Soria's second blown save of the year.
The Tigers briefly looked better offensively, leading 3-1 after Nick Castellanos singled in a run in the fourth and four of the first five batters in the seventh inning reached base safely. J.D. Martinez singled and Castellanos walked, setting up Wilson's tie-breaking hit. But that's all the Tigers could get in, and they stranded Wilson at third to end the inning.
Kyle Ryan. Was the stopper the Tigers needed, allowing two runs on three hits before the most reliable member of the bullpen gave up a game-tying home run to lead to the no-decision.
Josh Wilson. Two-run single gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead at the time.
Yoenis Cespedes. Another multi-hit day, one of them a ground-rule double.
Jose Iglesias. Typical Iglesias defense plus a pair of hits.
Joakim Soria. He's been reliable throughout this season, but he just didn't hold the lead today.
Alex Wilson. Was a disaster in the 11th inning after also being reliable all season.
Ian Kinsler. Picked off first again like a nincompoop. #KPOFALAN
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Miguel Cabrera walked in the sixth inning to reach successfully for the 24th consecutive game.
- Eight is the longest Tigers' losing streak since they lost nine from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 in 2005.
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