The Tigers haven’t been able to keep their potentially high powered offense geared up for any long stretches so far this season as was evidenced again with yesterday afternoon’s 3-to-2 loss to the Royals at Comerica Park.
A day after beating Kansas City 9-to-3, Detroit was limited to five hits by Royal’s pitching on Wednesday with the only real damage coming on a 2-run homer by Brennan Boesch that allowed the Tigers to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. The Royals scored the winning run in the ninth on an infield single off losing reliever Joaquin Benoit. Detroit starter Justin Verlander pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning seven.
The Tigers, who are 3-and-9 in the their last 12 games with the record slipping to 12-and-12, take the day off today before hosting the White Sox for a 3-game series beginning tomorrow night.
Here’s some positive news for Detroit. Pitcher Doug Fister looked good last night during an injury rehab start atToledo. The right-hander went to the mound for the first time in nearly a month because of a left side strain and it’s hoped now that he can make Monday’s start in Seattle against the Mariners, his former team.
Elsewhere last night, the White Sox lost to the Indians 6-to-3 while the Cubs beat the Reds 6-to-3 at Cincinnati.