Detroit Tigers Fall Just Short Of Ending Losing Streak
After a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Friday night, the Detroit Tigers remain mired in a run of futility that rivals the South Central Lousiana State University Mud Dogs’ 40 consecutive losses. Except, in this case, it does not appear likely that Detroit has their own Bobby Boucher walking through the door.
A one-out, Jose Abreu double in the bottom of the first put Detroit behind early, and it looked like another long night for the Tigers. However, the Chicago only lasted until the fourth before Detroit rallied to tie the game. A Nick Castellanos single put the first Tigers run on the board.
Then, after two scoreless innings, Detroit was the beneficiary of some luck, which up until this point, had been almost comically absent throughout the past week. Josh Wilson, a recent addition to the Tigers’ roster, slipped a softly hit single into right center, and gave the Detroit a 3-1 lead.
Much as has been the case during the Tigers’ inexplicably bad run, however, their good fortune did not last long. In the very next frame, Avisail Garcia, hit his fifth home-run of the year, and brought the White Sox one run closer.
The one run lead would turn out to be just as short lived. Despite failing to score in the eighth, Chicago tied the game after Adam Laroche sent a ball over the fence in right-center with two outs. Then, inevitably, the White Sox put the Tigers away when Garcia drove home the winning run after he was hit by Alex Wilson with the bases loaded.
A remarkably fitting ending.
Detroit will turn to David Price with the hopes that finally their fortunes will turn, as they face Chicago yet again. Price will go head to head with White Sox lefty, John Danks who is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA on the year. Meanwhile, Justin Verlander will make his second rehab start of the year against the Columbus Clippers, which could be his last before a return to Detroit.
The Tigers game will be be at 7:15 and will be broadcast on Fox, as well as 97.1 The Ticket, while the Mud Hens play at 7:00 and take on the Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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