The Detroit Tigers dropped the first game of a four-game series at home against the Baltimore Orioles to further solidify themselves as the worst team.
The Detroit Tigers began a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight and lost the first game with a final score of six to two. Detroit played typical 2019 Detroit baseball, giving up runs, getting a decent amount of hits, but failing to drive in their own runners.
The game started off poorly for Detroit, with Jordan Zimmermann giving up three hits and a run in the top of the first inning. Zimmermann seemed to get it together for a while, pitching three scoreless after that, but gave up three more in the fifth. These runs would be all Baltimore needed, and Zimmermann earned his 11th loss of the year.
Detroit managed to get 10 hits, which is the same amount that Baltimore had, but they were only able to score twice. The offense left 10 runners on base and grounded into two double plays on the night. Willi Castro looked good in this game, however, going two-for-four with an RBI. Jordy Mercer also had a great night, going three-for-four with a run and an RBI.
Mercer has been playing spectacular since returning from his injury earlier this year and has raised his batting average from near the Mendoza line all the way to .281. The Tigers will be faced with a difficult decision regarding whether to resign him when he becomes a free agent at the end of the year. He has gone through a lot of rough patches, but he has proven to be consistent as of late, and he brings a good veteran presence to the clubhouse.
The Tigers will have another chance tomorrow as Daniel Norris takes the mound starting at 6:10 p.m. EST. Norris will likely only pitch three innings and then hand the ball over to Drew VerHagen. These two will look to limit Baltimore’s scoring and try to pick up their 44th win on the year.