Tigers’ pitching was the weakness again on Saturday. They gave up 17 hits to the Chicago White Sox, and the final score of 10-4 could’ve easily been much worse.
Myles Jaye started this one, and again gave little sign that he can get outs in the major leagues. The bullpen wasn’t much better. Blaine Hardy, Joe Jimenez, Daniel Norris each gave up at least one run. No one erupted, but each was hit reasonably hard. The two runs Norris allowed in the seventh put the game out of reach at 10-4.
Norris was hurt by an error on a routine play from Jose Iglesias to lead off the seventh inning. In the same inning with a runner on third and the infield in, Iglesias took a sharp grounder but then double clutched the ball. Instead of throwing out the runner heading home, he had to settle for the out at first. Norris needed that help, because he continued to lose command for multiple batters at a time.
Zac Reininger, you did okay. Good job, good effort. No runs.
The Tigers’ offense, on the other hand, wasn’t bad. They took on a promising young starter in Reynaldo Lopez and only struck out once, rapping seven hits and four runs off him. James McCann came through twice with a two-run triple in the second inning, and later led off the sixth with a potential triple that became a ground rule double when some goof in the seats couldn’t keep his greedy paws to himself for want of a mere baseball. BAD FAN. BAD.
The Tigers scored three in the second, and one in the fourth. Mikie Mahtook drove in the Tigers’ fourth run by battling Lopez through a 14 pitch epic before smoking a triple to score Jeimer Candelario. The Tigers had two on in the eighth with singles from Candelario and McCann, but Collins—who is playing over JaCoby Jones for some mystifying reason—and Mahtook, grounded out.
James McCann: A triple, a double, and a pair of runs driven in will get you a roar.
Jeimer Candelario: Singled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs, and continued to impress with the consistent quality of his plate appearances.
Nicholas Castellanos: Had a double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. And look at the picture heading this article. That was a pretty good running catch down the right field line.
Just the whole pitching staff. All of them. C’mon man!!
Miguel Cabrera left the game in the fifth inning with lower back tightness.