Detroit Tigers Season Summed Up With 10 Runs in Bottom of 6th in 12-5 Loss Against the Lowly Reds
I kind of chuckled when I booted up my laptop and the Detroit Tigers – Cincinnati Reds make up game was the free MLB.tv game of the night. That seems fitting for these two teams as you didn’t even need a Groupon to get a free game. The Tigers traveled to Cincinnati tonight, as they were forced to squeeze a road make up game in Cincinnati in the middle of a nice home stand.
Needless to say our mighty Tigers didn’t disappoint the fans watching for free. They roared to a great start in the first inning with back to back home runs by J.D. Martinez who hit a three run blast and then Nick Castellanos followed with a solo shot giving the Tigers an early 4-0 lead. Miguel Cabrera continued his hot streak and quest for yet another batting title by doubling in Ian Kinsler in the top of the 4th inning giving Buck Farmer a nice 5-0 lead.
Farmer appreciated the lead throwing a complete gem and a no-no until the bottom of the fifth when he gave up his first hit to Jason Bourgeois who singled.
Farmer and the Tigers entered the bottom of the sixth inning feeling confident and up 5-0. The bottom of the sixth will become THE half of the inning that will define this 2015 Detroit Tiger team. I can’t even begin to recap what happened so I will provide the cliff note version. Seven hits. The cycle was reached by the Reds’ lineup with two singles, two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Add on three walks, seven in a row reaching base and four Tiger pitchers. Ten runs later the Tigers were down 10-5.
From a Buck Farmer no-no to ten runs in one half of the inning, the most the Tigers have given up in any half of an inning all season and the most since 2009.
We certainly expected some relapse with the reboot. But I don’t think we could’ve been prepared for losing by allowing ten runs in one half of an inning to a team that is 20 games under .500 and had lost nine in a row.
Joey Votto put an exclamation point on the game with a two run blast in the bottom of the eighth punishing the Tigers for their existence some more 12-5.
The Tigers take the quick flight from Cincinnati home late tonight and will face the playoff contending Los Angeles Angels tomorrow. Alfredo Simon hopes to repeat his stellar performance from last time against Jered Weaver.
As Porky Pig says…..”Th-th-th-th-th-That’s all folks”. Let’s officially call the Tigers season dead.