DETROIT -- The weather was beautiful and the sky was crystal blue, but the performance that Randy Wolf gave on the mound was dark and gloomy. In the final home game of the 2015 season and a quiet offense to boot, the Detroit Tigers lost 7-1 to the Minnesota Twins for a series loss.
Wolf was awful on Sunday. He gave up a leadoff single and walked a batter to start the game, then imploded in the second. The Twins bat around and then some on Wolf, rattling off six hits and six runs -- four earned -- against him. After 1 2/3 innings of "work" he was done. Kyle Ryan came on in relief and hit a batter before getting the final out of the second.
The Tigers bullpen kept the Twins off the board with Wolf out of the game. Combined, Ryan and Jeff Ferrell put up 5 1/3 scoreless innings of work, striking out four batters in that time. Ryan allowed two hits and Ferrell was unhittable. Unfortunately, the Twins pitching staff was nearly untouchable for the Tigers, as they got just four hits and left five on-base through six innings.
Tyler Collins took the opportunity to have a solid day at the plate, though, knocking two doubles, a single, and scoring a run. Alex Avila, playing in what may have been his last home game as a Tiger, drilled a double through the shift in right field. If that was his last hit playing for the Tigers, it was a good one. He also walked in the ninth, which is rather fitting. Josh Wilson then helped out by getting a double of his own, putting an end to the possibility of a shutout in the last home game of the year.
Miguel Cabrera: It's more of a mention but Cabrera had a single and walked twice.
Tyler Collins: Smacked a pair of doubles in the second and seventh innings, respectively. He later scored in the seventh, putting the Tigers on the board. He also singled in the ninth.
Josh Wilson: Got a double in the seventh, plating Collins from third to prevent a shutout at home.
Tigers bullpen: This isn't a common occurrence. Appreciate it. The bullpen gave a more solid outing than the team's starter -- which says a lot. (Exclude Jose Valdez from this since he gave up a bomb of a homer to Byron Buxton in the eighth -- his first MLB homer.)
Randy Wolf: Well, he didn't make it out of the second inning, so that's never good. He gave up six runs in the second and failed to record the third out, ending his day after seven hits, a walk, and three strikeouts through 1 2/3 innings of work.
Tigers offense: They hit the ball all over the place, just right into the gloves of Twins defenders. They put up just four hits and failed to score after threatening on three different occasions.
Jose Valdez: Gave up a two-out, career-first home run to Byron Buxton, a No. 9 hitter batting .197 entering that at-bat. Wolf had also given up a run-scoring single in the second, so there's that.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Despite the loss on Sunday, the Tigers finished with an 11-7 record against the Twins. Detroit straight up dominated the Twinkies this season, which is just as it should be. All is right with the world -- except Sunday's loss. Still wasn't pretty.
- Wolf is the 14th Tigers pitcher to last less than three innings in a start this season. The Tigers are tied for second-most in baseball with 14 starts with less than three innings pitched, one behind Oakland, at 15.
- Tyler Collins' three-hit day marked his fourth of the season, and his first since Sept. 3 vs. the Royals. It's his 11th multi-hit game of the year.
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