Detroit Tigers players returned to action on Thursday after Wednesday’s game was rained out. Here are some observations from Detroit’s 11-2 loss against the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit Tigers players didn’t have the best game on Thursday afternoon.
The club was held in check by Chicago starter James Shields, and scored just two runs total.
All told, Detroit managed just four hits on the day, while striking out nine times.
Here are some more observations from the loss.
Matt Boyd Simply Walked Too Many Batters
After turning in a strong spring, Matt Boyd earned a rotation spot as the Tigers’ fifth starter.
He didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday, as the White Sox registered four walks off the left-hander. This in-part helped Chicago plate five runs in just 2.1 innings.
The starting pitcher also allowed five hits and a home run while throwing 80 pitches. He struck out two.
Anibal Sanchez Struggled, but Did His Job
Anibal Sanchez wasn’t perfect against the Sox. He surrendered five hits, five runs, a pair of walks and a home run in 3.2 innings.
However, he did his job in the sense that he soaked up innings to protect the rest of the bullpen. Now, Detroit’s relievers will be rested for the team’s home opener against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.