The Detroit Tigers failed to continue to play the role of spoiler this weekend as they lost to the playoff contending Minnesota Twins on Sunday 7-1 to lose the series and lose their final game at Comerica Park for the season.
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The Tigers also lost their final home game in 2014 (Game 3 of ALDS against Baltimore), 2013 (Game 5 of ALCS against Boston) and 2012 (Game 4 of World Series against San Francisco). None of these had lower stakes than Sunday’s game. The Tigers finish the home portion of their schedule at 38-43, their worst mark since going 39-42 at Comerica Park in 2005.
The Tigers have now dropped two straight games since Brad Ausmus was named the manager for 2016.
The Twins had to like their chances of winning the series after winning on Saturday night when facing Randy Wolf, who, after a couple of decent starts to his Tigers’ career, has been terrible. He lived up to it, allowing the Twins to bat around in the second inning to put the game out of reach.
Wolf allowed four earned runs (six total thanks to a Nick Castellanos error) and made it through just 1.2 innings of work before being pulled in favor of Kyle Ryan, who worked 4.1 innings without allowing an additional Twins’ run.
The Tigers begin their final week of the season with a road trip with stops in Texas to face the Rangers and Chicago to close out the White Sox season.
First up is a nice pitching matchup in Arlington on Monday night as Justin Verlander faces Colby Lewis in a rematch of a 2-0 pitching duel that went in Lewis’ favor just over a month ago at Comerica Park.