The perfect storm arrived in Boston. Of course, I’m not referring to a weather related event, but to a combination of things that contributed to the Tigers loss last night.
To begin with, the Tigers have not played well on the road this season. As a matter of fact, they are horrible when they are not at Comerica Park. They boast a 40-13 record in Detroit, but they sink to 20-34 as visitors. That’s only 37% of their road games that they have won! Likewise, the Boston Red Sox enjoy a winning home record (37-13).
The Red Sox were coming off of an extended losing streak, and naturally, were due to win. The storm clouds continued to brew.
Edwin Jackson struggled. He lasted four innings, allowed nine hits and four earned runs. He was replaced by Fu-Te Ni, and Zack Miner.
The Tigers found themselves down early in the game, 4-0. In the fourth inning, Magglio tripled to bring in Miguel Cabrera, who was on base after being hit by a Brad Penny pitch. Eventually, they were able to tie the game.
Unfortunately, the effort wasn’t enough. The Red Sox answered back with a run of their own, in the bottom of the 7th, to take the lead, 6-5.
During the 8th inning, the game could have been turned around. With the Red Sox ahead, Magglio doubled (he was replaced by the faster Clete Thomas) off of Ramon Ramiriz. Brandon Inge was hit by a pitch, and Gerald Laird was able to advanced the runners with a sac bunt. Adam Everett then struck out on three straight pitches. At this point, Terry Francona brought in Jonathan Papelbon, who induced Curtis Granderson to foul out to the catcher.
Here we are again! A squandered opportunity with runners on base.
The road losses are frustrating and hard to explain, and leaving men on base as often as they have – is inexcusable.
But, tonight is another night, as they say. Will the road woes continue to haunt the Detroit Tigers?
The Tigers, who have yet to beat Boston this year, are putting their money on Rick Porcello (10-7 4.30 ERA) to turn it around! He’ll be facing Junichi Tazawa (0-1 10.80 ERA).
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