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Rangers 6, Tigers 2: Detroit can't overcome Matt Boyd's poor start

Boyd gave up three home runs and put the Tigers in a hole they couldn't climb out of.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Yours truly forgot it was her night to do the recap. Likewise, the Detroit Tigers forgot it was their job to score enough runs and Matt Boyd forgot how to limit the damage. The end result was as graceful as you'd expect as the Tigers lost 6-2 to the Texas Rangers, dropping the series.

Bad baseball is better than no baseball. That doesn't mean it doesn't stink to watch sometimes. Miguel Cabrera hasn't homered in what seems like an eternity, the defense has retired on Mars, and outside of Justin Verlander the last couple games have been devoid of solid pitching -- OK that's been true all season (except David Price, but we won't talk about that, you've been through enough).

Boyd's night didn't go so well, mainly because he's just plum tuckered out -- aka his arm's not used to this many innings. He gave up a two-run homer in the first then the Rangers ambushed him with four runs in the third. Could've sworn Alfredo Simon was on the mound, what with the pace of this game but it was just a turtle's pace because baseball likes to be cruel once in a while.

Anyway, the Tigers' offense got a pair of runs in the first but then, well, that "threaten but don't score" bug bit Detroit. That was all they got despite several opportunities. Then suddenly, before you knew it, it was the ninth inning, Nick Castellanos had hit a double, and the umpires were reviewing whether Castellanos had actually touched second base to tag up to third (he was safe, just the umpire gremlins trying to muck things up again). It didn't matter and the Tigers lost anyway.


2-3-4 batters: Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler both had two-hit nights and J.D. Martinez finished 3-for-4. Combined, the trio finished 7-for-12.

Tyler Collins: Drove in the game's only two runs for the Tigers. He got just the one hit but it prevented the shutout and satisfied the "get at least a run" requirement for the game.

Tigers bullpen: Believe it or not, the bullpen was a strength in the game. Between Jeff Ferrell and Kyle Lobstein, the two allowed just two hits across 5 1/3 innings of work.


Matt Boyd: He didn't make it out of the third and gave up six runs on seven hits. He allowed three (!!!) home runs.

Tigers offense: Despite four multi-hit games for Tigers players, only Collins could push runs across. Bad offense. Bad.




Source: FanGraphs