The Detroit Tigers saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday evening, as they lost a 5-2 contest against the Baltimore Orioles. Starter Drew VerHagen had a solid outing, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. Rookie reliever Joe Jimenez took his first loss of his young career when he allowed a home run to O’s catcher Welington Castillo. Edward Mujica made it official when he coughed up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Offensively, it was a similar story to what we’ve seen far too often this year. Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning to give the Tigers an early lead, but then the bats went silent. Detroit finished with just five hits, and only went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
There are lessons to be learned from losses like this, though. For that, we turn to Tigers Twitter, a beacon of rational thought amid an otherwise chaotic world.
Victor Martinez is the slowest person in the world
Vmart may be the slowest person in the world this includes more than just MLB— reshi (@reshiDFS) August 5, 2017
...but he might just need a haircut
Vmart will after he gets a haircut— vinny santoro (@vsantoro2) August 5, 2017
Brad Ausmus was 100% responsible for the loss
Assmus lost this game for 'em.— Nicholas (@NickyB2012) August 6, 2017
Because he’s an historic manager
Brad Ausmus is and forever will be the absolute dumbest manager in the history of the game of baseball. #Fact— Troy Robert Jones (@TRJOSU02) August 6, 2017
Brad Ausmus sucks!— Tommy McKeon (@tominator965) August 6, 2017
Brad Ausmus is the worst manager in baseball— Kenz (@__kenzzzzz) August 6, 2017
But fans are still happy with his progress
Ya huge...alrite ausmus!!! Way to b only 6 games under .500 and 8.5 games back. WooHoo!!!!! So awesome!!!! Happy Jason?— Brian Rood (@rood8325) August 5, 2017
Ausmus could be a trade chip, though
no reason to not swing a Verlander/Ausmus package deal now— Chandler (@1stros) August 5, 2017
Joe Jimenez is a bust of epic proportions
Guess Joe Jimenez just is a AAA pitcher. Sucks he can't get it together in the bigs— Adam Perez ⚾ (@AP804) August 6, 2017
Joe Jimenez is like a movie that has amazing trailers but leaves you completely disappointed when you finally see it in theaters— Ryan Weiss (@ryweiss) August 6, 2017
How can Joe Jimenez be such a DOMINANT force of a reliever in the minors but get LIT UP in the majors? It's mind-boggling.— Jason Fielder (@JasonFielderTV) August 6, 2017
And it’s all because Al Avila is afraid of his job
Why didn't the Tigers put Upton on the market when they were in selling mode? Oh, wait. Al Avila was too chickened out to dump their salary!— Taylor Phillips (@dt2phillips) August 6, 2017