The Tigers made Jarod Washburn look like Felix Hernandez as they were once again held in check at the plate. They also took a loss for the second straight game despite a solid start from their hurler. Lucas French gave up just a pair of runs in 5 1/3 and Ryan Perry pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings but all that didn’t mean much because the Tigers managed just a single run on three hits in a 2-1 loss. For French, it was his first big league loss but for the first time, he struck out more batters then he had innings pitched and he didn’t walk a single batter.
The Tigers lone run came in the eighth when Curtis Granderson drove home Brandon Inge with his fourth triple of the season. Granderson and Inge were also the only Tigers to reach base twice with a walk and a hit a piece.
The White Sox won so they roll into town tied with the Tigers for first place in the Central and with four to play. Tomorrow, it’ll Jose Contreras against Justin Verlander in the day game while Eddie Bonine and Bartolo Colon go head to head in the evening game. Contreras struggled in his last start, but he’s been good more times then he’s been bad since he shutout the Tigers over eight innings after a minor league stint.