Tiger Bullpen Fails Again in 7-5 loss
Saturday and Sunday were a tale of two bullpens, as the Tigers fell to the Red Sox 7-5. 9th Inning magic was in the air, but it just wasn’t the Tigers’ day.
The Tigers drew first blood with a single from Justin Upton in the 1st, scoring Castellanos. Marco Hernandez would answer for the Red Sox in the 2nd. Ian Kinsler would tack on another run for the Tigers in the 2nd, with a single, scoring Romine. The Red Sox would knot it up once more in the 3rd, with a double from Mitch Mooreland and Ian Kinsler tacked on RBI #2 in the 4th, scoring Romine and giving the Tigers the 3-2 lead. That’s how the score would stay through the 7th.
With the help of officials, scoring continued in the 7th. A Tigers pitching change put Alex Wilson in for Norris, with one man on, one out. An Iglesias, Kinsler, Cabrera double play would have ended the inning. However, a Red Sox challenge kept the inning going, ultimately finding that Ian Kinsler’s foot was off the bag at second. A Benitendi single to left would score Hernandez for the tie. However, Castellanos answered right back, breaking the tie in the bottom of the 7th, with a homerun to left. Matt Barnes would relieve Porcello, to wrap up the inning.
Bruce Rondon took the mound for the Tigers in the 8th, where Tigers pitching started to unravel. Two walks, three errors and a hit later and Kyle Ryan would take over for Rondon. A bases loaded walk would tie the game, followed by a double scoring two more. The Tigers turned a double play, but the Sox would score one more. The Tigers would leave the inning, with the Red Sox sending eight men to the plate and the Tigers trailing 7-4.
Annibal Sanchez would come on to record three easy outs for the Tigers in the 9th. Red Sox closer, Craig Kimbrel would take over in the 9th, and walk the first two batters. A single from Victor Martinez would score Kinsler. However, the Tigers 9th inning rally would fall short there, with three strikeouts from Kimbrel.
The final line for Daniel Norris was 7 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 6 innings with 2 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 6 but is still looking for a big hit. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 3-2 on the season.
The Tigers wrap up their 4 game series with Boston, Monday afternoon. Justin Verlander takes the mound, versus Chris Sale. The Twins will be in town, Tuesday afternoon, for four straight day games at Comerica Park.