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Rangers 5, Tigers 1: Jordan Zimmermann's strong outing spoiled by missing offense

Ian Kinsler had the only hits for the Tigers.

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DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann was dealt his first loss of the season despite a strong showing at Comerica Park. Receiving nearly no run support and only Ian Kinsler's two hits, the Detroit Tigers lost 5-1 to the Texas Rangers, bumping their losing streak to four games.

A game happened. We know that much. Friday night was weird. Not because there was a lot going on, but the opposite. Zimmermann and Cole Hamels had some sort of semi-pitcher's duel going on, but even saying that's a little wonky because Zimmermann didn't have his best stuff. He gave up two runs in the second and a homer in the fifth, but the second was ... well, Mike Aviles was playing in right field.

Now, don't get me wrong, Aviles later made a nice grab in foul territory. But during the second he made a really weird non-play on a hit ruled a "double" and an RBI that really should've been a single at worst, an out at best. Instead, strange and weird things happened. Zimmermann gave up just three hits in that inning (single, RBI double, RBI single) but they were more than the Rangers needed. The second came courtesy of barely former Tiger Bobby Wilson because that's how this game was going.

Take away the second and the only mistake Zimmermann made was a two-out fastball to Rougned Odor. It landed deep into the right field seats, going 425 feet at 110 mph. Despite the bumps, Zimmermann still made it through eight complete innings, allowing just four hits (two of them doubles) after the second inning. On what was officially his "worst" start in regards to earned runs allowed, Zimmermann put up another workhorse performance.

Even so, his efforts did little with the non-existent offense the Tigers were deploying. Ian Kinsler singled to leadoff the game. No Tigers hitter reached via a base hit after that until Kinsler  doubled in the ninth. Hamels struck out nine Tigers and walked just two. Kinsler, having stolen second in the first, was the only Tigers player to reach scoring position.

ROARS:

Jordan Zimmermann: Made a couple of mistakes, but not all runs were the result of poor pitching: for that he had help. Even so, allowing three runs across eight innings was stellar.

HISSES:

Tigers offense: To be fair, Hamels was dealing. With that said, the offense mustered just two hits against him and they looked lost for the majority of the night.

Justin Wilson: It had to happen sooner or later. Wilson gave up his first runs of the season in the ninth with the team already trailing 3-0. After his inning of relief, the team trailed by the final score: 5-0.

STREAKS AND STATS:
  • Ian Kinsler's stolen base in the first inning marked his third of the year, and the 200th of his major league career.
  • The Tigers avoided being shutout for the fourth time this year on the groundout double play RBI by Miguel Cabrera.
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Source: FanGraphs