The Detroit Tigers finished their three-game series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers with a 9-4 loss to complete the sweep for Texas.
The Detroit Tigers finished out their series in Arlington earlier today by getting swept. The Texas Rangers scored a total of nine runs in the defeat, punishing Detroit’s bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring four when the game was tied. The final score was 9-4, as Detroit was unable to answer on offense late.
Jordan Zimmermann got off to a bad start, giving up two runs early, partially due to a fielding error by Harold Castro. Zimmermann would go on to give up four earned runs over 6.0 innings pitched. While this may sound bad, it did drop his ERA to 7.13 in a season that Zimmermann probably wants to forget. He also was not credited for the loss in this game because it was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh.
The bullpen continued to struggle tonight for Detroit, giving up four runs in the seventh and an additional run in the eighth. Jose Cisnero and Nick Ramirez both gave up two earned runs in the seventh inning and Cisnero was charged with the loss. With the number of pitching prospects in the farm system, Detroit will likely see some bullpen changes soon.
Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, and Brandon Dixon all had a good day at the plate. All three of them got two hits, and Goodrum was responsible for a 2 RBI double that would give the Tigers a short-lived lead. Unfortunately, the team as a whole stranded 10 runners and went 2-15 with runners in scoring position.
The Detroit Tigers head back home to Detroit to face Lucas Giolito and the White Sox tomorrow. The starter for the Tigers hasn’t been selected yet. Both the Tigers and the White Sox are playing for pride and extra reps at this point, so this should be a fun series to watch.