The Detroit Tigers’ eleven game road trip is quickly turning into a march into oblivion. Jordan Zimmermann was rocked badly again and the bats were silent until it was too late to matter.
Coming off one of his better outings, there was some hope that Jordan Zimmermann was finally finding some solid footing. Zimmermann looked good through two innings, painting the edges with a lively fastball. And then, as has so often been the case, the wheels fell off in a big way. In each of the three successive innings, Zimmermann allowed a home run, two of them of the two-run variety.
Meanwhile, the Tigers looked completely lost against Miguel Gonzalez. They didn’t manage so much as a hit until Andrew Romine singled to lead off the seventh inning. The offense managed to piece together a few runs late, but whatever.
Arcenio Leon made a nice debut for the lone ray of light in this one, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Warwick Saupold also managed a pair of scoreless innings of relief, striking out four. Otherwise it was hot, wet garbage all the way through.
The Tigers’ record now stands at 23-27, shockingly just five and a half games behind the first place Minnesota Twins. The season isn’t lost yet, but a serious and prolonged stand is an absolute requirement right now.
There’s no relief in sight either. The Tigers head to Kansas City for three starting Monday evening in real danger of putting themselves so far behind in the AL Central that even a good run in June may not be enough to salvage the season.
Hisses: YES. EMPHATICALLY YES TO THE WHOLE DANG TEAM.
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The Tigers 49 strikeouts in this series are the most by the team in ANY 4-game series since 1913— Austin Drake (@austin_drake) May 28, 2017