For four and a half innings, things looked okay for the Detroit Tigers. Anibal Sanchez was able to keep the Toronto Blue Jays in check (for the most part) and Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run to bring the Tigers within one run. Down 3-2, they were hoping to get another inning or two out of Sanchez and potentially steal their first series win of the month.
Instead, things went sideways.
Sanchez gave up four runs in the fifth inning, including a second home run to Blue Jays rookie Teoscar Hernandez. Sanchez was finally pulled, and the Tigers were down 7-2 before reliever Jeff Ferrell could record the final out of the fifth.
The Tigers offense didn’t make much more noise from there. J.A. Happ retired the side easily in the sixth, and picked up his eight win of the season. Luis Santos picked up the first save of his career by pitching the final three innings for Toronto. Tigers reliever Artie Lewicki allowed an unearned run, but struck out three in two innings. Daniel Norris also pitched a scoreless inning for Detroit.
Ian Kinsler: He only had one hit, but Kinsler’s two-run homer was the only offense the Tigers could muster today.
Nicholas Castellanos: He went 2-for-3 with a walk.
The bullpen: The game was out of hand, but Ferrell, Lewicki, and Norris combined to allow one unearned run in 3 1⁄3 innings.
Anibal Sanchez: He struck out five and only walked one, but also gave up seven runs on 12 hits. His ERA is now up to 7.43 this year.
John Hicks: He narrowly missed the Golden Sombrero, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
STATS AND INFO:
- The Tigers have only won one series since taking two of three from the New York Yankees at the start of August.