DETROIT -- A pitcher's duel wasn't exactly expected, but that's what happened and it was exactly what the Detroit Tigers bullpen needed after three straight extra-inning games and a bullpen-filled game on Sunday. But with Jeff Samardzija on the mound, the Tigers were one-hit in a 2-0 loss to the White Sox despite a solid day from the Detroit pitching staff.
Both Ryan and the Shark were on their games to start, both not allowing a hit through 2 2/3 innings and Samardzija tossing a perfect game against the Tigers' batters through four. Ryan allowed two hits in the third that allowed a run, and a solo home run by Carlos Sanchez in the sixth -- he'd doubled in the third and scored on Adam Eaton's RBI single.
But despite that, Ryan was strong and didn't make many mistakes. The few he made, the White Sox took advantage of. As needed as Ryan's start was to help ease an overtaxed bullpen, a properly functioning bullpen was needed to keep the stress away. Drew VerHagen and Al Alburquerque did just that and gave Detroit two solid innings.
The offense, meanwhile, were busy getting no-hit until Victor Martinez's bloop single in the fifth broke it up. Unfortunately he and Tyler Collins -- who smoked a couple balls that had the worst luck -- were the only two with hard-hit balls through six innings. The Tigers didn't get another and were held to just the one hit while Samardzija tossed an 88-pitch Maddux against them.
Kyle Ryan: Saved the bullpen and had a fine start in the process. He gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out two batters across seven innings pitched.
Victor Martinez: Broke up Samardzija's perfect game with a bloop single just over the White Sox shortstop. Bronx cheer.
Tigers offense: Samardzija has been awful in the second half of the season but the Tigers offense acted like he was Cy Young. They had just one hit and no more.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Kyle Ryan's two-run, seven-inning start on Monday marked his best outing since his second start of the season when he went seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits.
- Monday marked the ninth time that the Tigers were shutout by an opponent this season. Their last was on Sept. 9 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays for an 8-0 loss.
- The last time the Tigers were held to one-hit was on July 18 when they played the Baltimore Orioles for a 3-0 loss.
- Victor Martinez's single in the fifth gave him an eight-game hitting streak and he has hit safely in 23 of his last 31 games. He is also now batting .332 with 37 doubles, 26 homers, and 108 RBI in 173 career games vs. the White Sox.
- Drew VerHagen has allowed just three runs over his last 14 outings of 19 1/3 innings and opponents are batting just .212 against him in that span.
- The Tigers turned three double plays, marking their 152nd of the season, which ranks second in the American League for double plays turned.
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