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Angels 6, Tigers 1: Jake Rogers was the bright spot in this one

Jake Rogers had an RBI knock in his major league debut.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers played another sloppy game and went down quietly to the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 6-1 on Tuesday night. The debut of top catching prospect Jake Rogers was one of the few bright spots in the losing effort.

Drew VerHagen struggled, but through four innings things weren’t going too poorly. He worked his way out of some trouble with the help of a pair of nicely turned double plays. However, he was also dinged up by a Matt Theiss two-run shot in the second inning. The distinct tendency to get ahead of hitters and then struggle to put them away was in evidence, but he wasn’t hit particularly hard until giving up a couple of hits in the fifth inning that allowed another run to score. An error on Jordy Mercer prolonged the inning, and the Angels took advantage on an Andrelton Simmons flare that none of the three Tigers converging on it could haul in.

Jake Rogers got some firsts out of the way

Jake Rogers, the Tigers seventh ranked prospect on MLB Pipeline, did just fine in his first major league game. Rogers flew out deep to Mike Trout in center field in the third inning, then bounced to third in the fifth. In the seventh, he came to the plate with Victor Reyes standing on second after a two-out double. Rogers drilled a 1-0 pitch through the left side to score Reyes, collecting his first hit and first RBI in one shot. He also managed to dump one down the right field line for another single in the ninth inning.

Rogers did have one shaky moment, as he dropped a pop-up out in front of home plate to lead off the sixth inning. The ball was probably Brandon Dixon’s by rights, but Rogers got glove on it and didn’t hang on. Because that happened to him in his first big league game, and because this is just how baseball is, the runner eventually came around to score.

As expected, Rogers looked excellent behind the plate. Shohei Ohtani did manage a successful steal in Rogers’ first attempt to gun down a would-be base stealer, but had a huge jump off of VerHagen.

Gregory Soto allowed a run in relief as well, while Jose Cisnero punched out the side in the eighth.

The add-on runs didn’t end up factoring in, because the Tigers were never made a push to get back in this one. Miguel Cabrera doubled and had two hits, as did Victor Reyes. But the Tigers went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Rinse, repeat.