The Detroit Tigers played the rubber match of a three-game series today in Oakland and lost the game and the series despite solid pitching.
The Detroit Tigers returned to form over the last couple of games after taking a surprise win off of Oakland in the first game of the series. Oakland kicked the scoring off in the first with a run and then picked up two more in the fourth and held on to take the game with a final score of three to one.
The Tigers couldn’t get anything going on offense today. They only had two hits and three walks in the game, and their one run came off of a solo shot by Christin Stewart. The Tigers went 0-for-5 with runners scoring position and left four on base. They also struck out 13 times, which is usually not a winning recipe.
Detroit’s pitching was pretty good, but not good enough to get the win. Daniel Norris made another three-inning start where he was replaced by Drew VerHagen at the start of the fourth. Norris pitched well during his three innings but he did give up a run off of a hit batter and a double. This one run was enough to earn him the loss. VerHagen gave up six hits but was able to keep the damage down, only giving up two runs.
This game highlighted many of the problems Detroit has had over this disastrous 2019 season. Players were unable to score when reaching base, the pitching gave up runs at key moments, and there was an error on defense. The Tigers have pretty much struggled in every aspect this season, and those struggled continued in today’s game.
The Tigers get tomorrow off and then they head back home to face the New York Yankees, who currently have the best record in the entire MLB. This will mean that the best team in the MLB will be playing against the worst team in the MLB. If the Tigers can pull off an upset, it could be a huge morale booster for the team.