Texas 1, Detroit 4

Texas Rangers vs Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GAME 93
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas (55-40) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 2
Detroit (49-44) 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 1

WIN: Max Scherzer (7-7)   LOSS: Colby Lewis (9-6)
WEATHER:  Partly Cloudy 87    TIME: 2:35    ATTENDANCE:  28,704

A
two-run home run from Gerald Laird in the second inning and a brilliant
pitching performance from Max Scherzer brought the Tigers 7-game losing
streak to an abrupt end, 4-1.

The 400-foot shot off of Gerald Laird’s bat was his third this season, and it put the Tigers ahead early.

If you
have watched the Tigers, especially over the past seven games, you know
that the one thing they really craved was a good, quality start from
one of their starters. They got one tonight. Max Scherzer pitched seven
shut out innings — striking out five and walking only three batters.

The Rangers lone run came in the ninth inning when Ian Kinsler scored on a Josh Hamilton ground out.

Let’s
face it, the problems that have plagued the Tigers over the course of
the last week —  since the All-Star break — haven’t disappeared.
However, the win helps right the ship for the moment, and allows them a
chance to breathe.

There
is a pattern of a slumping offense, and then the bats come alive for a
game or two, and then they become anemic once again. That pattern has to
stop.

The
one attribute I want to see from this point forward is consistency — 
in their defense and most certainly their offense. Additionally, some
aggressive base running, like we saw when Austin Jackson scored tonight, is something I would like to see more often.

The motto should be, “win by playing hard, or lose by playing hard.” Period.

They
need to win the next series. The schedule only gets tougher next week,
and definitely doesn’t get any easier next month. The White Sox, Angels,
and Yankees are waiting just beyond the horizon.

Next, the Tigers will host the Toronto Blue Jays. The first game of four is tomorrow afternoon. Justin Verlander is the scheduled starter.

SKIP’S NOTES

The
Tigers recalled Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Toledo. Casey Fien was
optioned back to Triple-A to make room on the roster. Sizemore was the
starting second baseman when the season began, but will probably play at
third in place of Brandon Inge.

Also,
allow me to offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of
former Detroit Tigers manager Ralph Houk. He passed away at the age of
90.
Houk manged the Tigers between 1974 – 1978. It was in 1976 that pitching sensation Mark Fidrych became a phenomenon in baseball — Houk was his manager.

Here is a link to the Detroit News Online article. CLICK HERE.

Ralph Houk from Baseball Reference. CLICK HERE.

Ralp Houk Wikipedia. CLICK HERE.

(Photo Credit: Robin Buckson/The Detroit News)

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