Jun 10, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan (8) runs the bases after he hits a three run home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene (61) in the third inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Shane Greene is having a very up and down season to begin his Detroit Tigers career. Unfortunately as of late, it has been way more downs than ups. Greene got lit up for his fourth consecutive start Wesnesday Night, as the Tigers lost 12-3 to the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park. The loss snapped the Tigers much needed three game win streak.
The first batter of the night who faced Greene was Dexter Fowler. Fowler tripled to get things going, and although he ended up being stranded, it was a preview of how things would go for the Tigers young fifth starter. The following inning, Chicago’s top prospect Addison Russell drove in the runs first game when he singled home Chris Coghlan.
In the third, Coghlan scored again, however this time by driving himself home with a three run blast off Greene. Chris Denorfia knocked in another run to end the inning, putting the Cubs up four after three. After getting thrown out on the play, Denorfia would be Greenes final batter. His final stat line of 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s is a bit of a cause for concern. Fortunately for the Tigers, Justin Verlander returns to the lineup this weekend. This makes Shane Greene the odd man out, and look for the Tigers to make a move with Greene, whose start was almost skipped Wednesday due to his recent ineffectiveness.
The man who was going to possibly replace Greene Wednesday as the starter, ended up doing so anyways in the fourth. Kyle Ryan, who has been extremely solid lately, was again stellar in relief and did not allow a run.
Angel Nesbitt may need to head down to AAA and get some work. His struggles continued yet again, as he allowed two walks and a single, before being pulled. He would eventually be charged with all three runs, as Al Alburquerque gave up the a three run home run to Catcher Miguel Montero.
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was destroying the Tigers all night. That was until Yoenis Cespedes hit a 3-run home run of his own in the sixth. Arrieta finished the night with 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 8 K’s.