It was a series the Detroit Tigers want to forget as soon as possible. After losing game one by a run, and then get blasted by Los Angeles Angels with Justin Verlander on the hill, it seemed like the Tigers were doomed from the start.
Anibal Sanchez has been pitching great. Over Sanchez’s last four starts, he is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA. Looking to continue that trend, Sanchez hoped to keep the Tigers from getting swept.
Mike Trout lead off the first inning the same way he did the night before: with a solo home run. Then in the bottom of the second, Alberto Callaspo hit a two run shot to make it 3-0 Angels.
After that, the Angels did nothing off Sanchez for the rest of his seven strong innings of work. Sanchez struck out six, and gave up seven hits, but fell victim to no run support.
The last time Zack Greinke faced the Tigers, he pitched 7 2/3 innings, and surrendered only one run. It was nearly a clone of his last start. Greinke owned the Tigers again. This time pitching seven innings and gave up two earned runs.
Andy Dirks homered in the top of the fourth to make it 2-1. Dirks had been struggling as of late. Hitting only .268 in his last 71 at-bat’s. Brennan Boesch doubled in Delmon Young in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 2-3 game.
In the bottom of the ninth the Tigers threatened to tie the game, after Miguel Cabrera lead the inning off with a walk. But nothing more would come of the lead off walk. Ernesto Fieri would complete the four out save and complete the sweep.
The Tigers managed to gain no ground on the Chicago White Sox, who lost two of three games to the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers and White Sox are set to open up a four game series in Chicago on Monday. The series could decide who wins the AL Central.
Rick Porcello (9-11) faces off against Jose Quintana (5-4) in game one. Porcello has not gotten a single run of run support in his last four starts. Quintana lasted only 1.1 innings in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.
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