Monday night, the Tigers were held without a hit. Last night, they picked up twelve hits and three walks and only managed to push two batters home. It didn’t help that they struck out eleven times but that shouldn’t explain this. The Rays picked up two of their three runs on a two run home run by former Tiger Carlos Pena and the other run was pushed across by an RBI double by Matt Joyce so it was definitely a time for the two former Tigers to shine.
It’s also bad that the Tigers lost on Justin Verlander’s start. It was nice that Verlander gave the pen a rest in his second complete game of the season. The Carlos Pena home run was unfortunate but after that in the first inning, he didn’t give up a run until the sixth.
Brennan Boesch is crashing down to earth. He went zero for four and he left five men on base. Miguel Cabrera doubled twice and he now has 35 on the season. Austin Jackson picked up his 25th double.
My latest BOB Report is up at the Hardball Times. I discuss the Rangers auction and both the Athletics and Rays’ stadium issues.
Game three between the Tigers and Rays is tonight. It’ll be Eddie Bonine making his first start of the season against Jeff Niemann. The Tigers are now four back of the White Sox and three back of the Twins so they have to make some noise here to stay in the mix.