The Tigers decided to spend several hours torturing Tigers fans everywhere by bleeding away a 7-0 lead through the efforts of the bullpen. The Chicago White Sox furiously rallied all game long and finally tied it in the ninth to send the game to extras, where Anibal Sanchez ceded the winning run after several heroic innings of work.
The Tigers pounded James Shields early, paced by a lead-off dinger from Ian Kinsler. Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez also did heavy damage in the early innings as the Tigers made Shields wish he was back in the friendly confines of the NL West.
Matt Boyd couldn’t make the big lead stand up, though. Pitching to the anemic White Sox offense, he gave up a two-run shot to Jose Abreu and a solo homer to Dioner Navarro. The White Sox pulled a little closer in the fifth inning when Boyd put several more runners on before Bobby Parnell came in to pour gasoline on the fire. When the dust settled, it was a 7-6 ballgame.
Detroit got a key insurance run in the sixth when Justin Upton singled in Miguel Cabrera. This was followed by Parnell deciding that he needed to up the ante. This he did, putting two runners on before Alex Wilson allowed a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one. Parnell now has a 7.36 ERA and has walked four batters in less than four innings. Somewhere, Blaine Hardy is wondering why Brad Ausmus won’t return his calls anymore.
By the way, Parnell could’ve earned the win tonight. Wins are a fun stat.
Shane Greene preserved the lead before an insurance run driven in by Jose Iglesias added to it. Then Francisco Rodriguez happened.
Avisail Garcia was the one who drove in the tying run, which was a cruel twist of fate. Rodriguez picked up just his second blown save of an otherwise excellent season, and to his credit was able to escape the inning without giving up the winning run, but that’s finding silver lining on an otherwise very dark cloud.
From there on out, the conclusion was very foregone. So foregone, in fact, that I’m writing this in the top of the tenth. Sigh. That one sucked.
J.D. Martinez: He’s really good at this whole hitting thing. Martinez reached base four times and doubled twice, which helped an offense that was missing Victor Martinez.
Ian Kinsler: Dingers always earn you a roar.
Cameron Maybin: The center fielder reached base three more times tonight with a pair of singles and a walk.
Shane Greene: Bullpen!
James Shields: Shields is now my Tiger after his anemic performance gave the Tigers just enough of a cushion to survive the flammable trash receptacle that is Detroit's middle relief corps.
Matt Boyd: The youngster is not quite ready to be an MLB contributor. He went 4 and a third, giving up six runs on seven hits. Boyd only struck out three and walked two while allowing a pair of dingers.
Bobby Parnell: Why is he on the team?
Mike Aviles: Why is he on the team?
Francisco Rodriguez: He was due to blow one at some point. Turns out today was that day. He appeared clearly gassed from several night’s work in a row.
Streaks and Stats
- Mike Aviles has a higher strikeout rate than on-base percentage this year, a feat I would not advise (looking at you, Upton). He’s hitting .190/.239/.222 this year.
- Ian Kinsler has homered in three straight games. He’s up to 14 on the season.
- The Tigers won a review for just the third time in the last sixteen replays.*
- This is the first time the Tigers have lost after blowing a seven-run lead since 2007, per FSD’s broadcast.
*This isn't true, but you totally believed it
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