Sep 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; General view as Detroit Tigers designated hitter V. Martinez (41) hits a single off San Francisco Giants starting pitcherMadison Bumgarner
(40) in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers and starter David Price had yet another tough game against the San Francisco Giants, taking a 5-4 loss. Price was beat up early, giving up four runs on five straight hits to Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Andrew Susac and Joaquin Arias with two out in the first inning. He settled down and pitched well after that before allowing a run on a Posey solo shot in the fifth inning. Despite his early trouble, Price was able to keep his pitch count in check due to some quick one-two-three innings, and pitched eight and two thirds innings. He was on the verge of his second complete game with the Tigers before Eugenio Suarez made an error on a sure out and Price was pulled.
The Tigers offence was better today, scoring three runs off of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Miguel Cabrera homered twice, the first a two run shot in the bottom of the first to cut the Giants lead to 4-2, and again in the bottom of the eighth on a solo shot against Sergio Romo. Victor Martinez also hit a solo homer off Bumgarner in the bottom of the third. While the Tigers did put four runs on the board, they also stranded nine men on base. Detroit Tigers manager, Brad Ausmus, down by a run in the bottom of the ninth pinch hit Ezequiel Carrera for Suarez and Alex Avila for James McCann. Carrera was a quick two pitch ground out, while Avila battled a bit longer, but was called out on strikes. Rajai Davis was the Tigers’ final hope to tie the game, but he ground out and the Tigers lost, yet again, to the Giants.
The Tigers and Giants finish the series tomorrow night at 8pm for the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week.