The Detroit Tigers were on the brink of being swept coming into play Thursday night. The Chicago White Sox lost Thursday afternoon, and the Tigers could gain a whole game in the standings and avoid a big sweep with a win.
On Wednesday night, Bruce Chen shutdown the Tigers offense by not allowing a single run in eight innings of work. Jeremy Guthrie — who has been outstanding in the month of August (2-1, 2.50 ERA) — was looking to shutdown the struggling Tigers’ offense again.
The Tigers continued their trend of leaving runners in scoring position. In the bottom of the first Miguel Cabrera hit a two out single. Prince Fielder hit a single of his own to get Cabrera to third, but would not score him.
In the top of the third the Tigers offense wasted another chance when Gerald Laird got to second with two outs. Perhaps the biggest wasted scoring chance of the night was in the top of the sixth when Fielder hit a lead off doubled, but was stranded after Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch, and Jhonny Peralta made three outs on four pitches.
The Tigers’ offense did not score a run for nearly 17 innings off of Royals’ pitching. The Tigers got their first run since the eighth inning of game one, when Peralta singled to make it a 2-1 ball game.
Rick Porcello’s third great start in a row was heavily overshadow by the lack of run support and Guthrie throwing a gem of a game. Porcello pitched five innings and allowed two runs. But received not a single run of support.
In the top of the ninth, the Tigers made it interesting for the third straight night. Alex Avila pinch-hit for Laird and then walked to start of the ninth. Austin Jackson smacked a line drive to center — and for the second straight night– a Royals outfielder, this time Lorenzo Cain made another game saving catch. Andy Dirks singled to right to put Jackson in scoring position. Miguel Cabrera hit into a game ending double play. Sealing the sweep for the Royals.
The Tigers open up a huge series with the White Sox on Friday night. Doug Fister (7-8) will face off against Jake Peavey (9-9) in game one of this three game series at Comerica Park.
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