On Mother’s Day, the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels met for the fourth and final game of a long series in Anaheim. It was the Angels who provided the best present for their moms. They claimed a 4-1 victory over the Tigers, splitting the four-game series and handing the Tigers a losing road trip.
Two batters into the game, things looked like they would go quite differently. Donning the usual Mother’s Day pink highlight uniforms and facing Alex Meyer — who entered the game with a 7.62 ERA and a high walk rate after several early exits — the Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an Ian Kinsler ground-rule double and a Nick Castellanos RBI single. But that would be the end of the good feelings, as Meyer would hold the Tigers to just two hits the rest of the day.
Justin Verlander pitched well enough for most of the game, but he battled his control at times, striking out seven batters but also walking five. He made it through six innings with the only damage coming via solo home runs from Mike Trout and Danny Espinosa. However, he couldn't record an out in the seventh inning, allowing three consecutive singles (the final one driving in the Angels’ third run) to end his day. Shane Greene came on to face Mike Trout with runners on the corners and no outs, but he gave up a sacrifice fly to push the score to 4-1. Greene got out of the inning on a double play ball off the next batter, but the Tigers were unable to do anything else to help their cause the day. They leave for Detroit with a somewhat frustrating 4-5 record on their road trip.
Made momma proud (ROARS):
Fransisco Rodriguez: Pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts and a walk allowed.
Shane Greene: Entered in the seventh inning with two on and no one out, facing Mike Trout. He allowed only a sac fly in his inning of work.
Well, mommy still loves you anyway (HISSES):
Verlander and McCann: The Angels were running at will on the Tigers’ battery all afternoon. They stole four bases on the day, two each for Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout. Maybin stole his third base in the eighth inning off K-Rod.
Tigers Offense: Only managed four hits all day.
Stats and Info:
The Tigers allowed five stolen bases to a team for the first time since July 5, 2012. Gearld Laird was the unfortunate catcher for the Tigers that day.