The Tigers went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, and fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 tonight at Comerica.
The loss ended the Tigers’ season high 7-game win streak, and snapped a 14-game road losing streak for the D’Backs. The last road win for Arizona came on May 17th in Florida.
In his return to Detroit, former Tiger Edwin Jackson was strong, pitching into the eighth inning. Jackson allowed three earned on nine hits and four strikeouts. He was very effective at mixing his pitches, throwing far less fastballs than we had grown accostumed to in the Motor City.
Although the Tigers did manage to score five times tonight, two of which can be attributed directly to errors, they were unable to find hits with runners on base. There’s no where to place blame either, as all nine hitters in the lineup contributed to the 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
One bright spot was Tiger catcher Alex Avila, who went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. The RBI came on singles in the second and sixth innings.
Rick Porcello struggled again this evening, as he threw just 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs, two of which came from the long ball. Porcello missed his previous start to work on mechanics, however, the rest period did not prove productive. Porcello left his fastball over the hard of the plate often, and his slider was basically non-existent.
Following a Magglio Ordonez two-out RBI double, Miguel Cabrera was the last hope for the Tigers to tie the ball game in the ninth. Cabrera struck out on a Aaron Heilman changeup to end the game.
In the miracle game of the evening, the Twins came back from 8-3 and 9-4 deficits to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-10 in 11 innings. Joe Mauer capped a five run ninth inning with a 2-run jack to right-center. The Tigers are now 1.5 games behind the Twinkies.
The Tigers will wrap up the series and homestand tomorrow afternoon at Comerica. Scheduled to start are Ian Kennedy for Arizona and Max Scherzer for Detroit. First pitch 1:05p.m.
Happy Father’s Day, Dads!