The Detroit Tigers’ roller coaster of a season continued on Thursday as the team lost to the Seattle Mariners in extra innings. The final score was 3-2.
But it was a tougher loss than most as it may have been the final time David Price takes the mound for the Tigers, and it also saw the team drop below .500 once again. The Tigers, as of Thursday, are now eleven games back from the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
It’s a shame, too, as Price was stellar.:
Price’s Final Line: 8 IP, 5 Hits, 2 ER, 7 K’s
But the offense was held off by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, whom had an almost identical, game:
“It was a tough loss today”-David Price
Iwakuma’s Final Line: 7.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 Er, 7 K’s
The Mariners, coming off of a loss to Detroit on Wednesday, got the offense rolling right out of the gate; Kyle Seager belted a solo Home Run off of Price in the top of the first inning to give Seattle the lead.
Detroit fired right back-with Ian Kinsler and Yoenis Cespedes on base Victor Martinez doubled to CF, scoring both runners. Detroit now had the lead.
But then, the Mariners knotted things up 2-2 in the top of the seventh after Mark Trumbo knocked out a single.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press notes that it was Detroit’s bullpen that caved first.
"“The Tigers’ bullpen stood strong for three innings, it wilted in the 12th inning…Left-handed reliever Ian Krol allowed back-to-back hits to open the 12th inning, the last an a RBI double off the bat of Mike Zunino that leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes misplayed down the third-base line.”"
Fenech also explains that Trumbo’s RBI should have never even happened:
"The Trumbo RBI single was set up by a wild pitch, a change-up off the front of the plate, that allowed Robinson Cano, who had singled, to advance to second base."
It was a tough pill to swallow…but then again, the entire season has been that way.
The Tigers are now on the road for an AL East road trip in which they face the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Baltimore Orioles.