The finale of the three game series against the Minnesota Twins was a lot like the second for the Detroit Tigers. The powerful hitters that are residing in the middle of the Tigers’ lineup have failed to come through in the key situations in the last two games. When you have runners in scoring position, you must come through, plain and simple.
Both of the Tigers runs were unearned due to the throwing error on an Austin Jackson steal and then a throwing error which allowed Torii Hunter to reach base and advance to second. Hunter was then brought home on a single hit by Miguel Cabrera.
This is the second straight game where the Tigers’ hitters were chilled by the Minnesota cold weather. The difference was that today they had a plethora of opportunities to score but just couldn’t convert. The Tigers had eight runners in scoring position on the day, but only brought in two runs which is awfully sad if you ask me for one of the best lineups in all of Major League Baseball.
As a baseball fan that watches most games in their entirety, I can tell you that this happens way too often for Detroit. With Victor Martinez out for the whole 2012 season, the Tigers thought that he would bring a boost in those situations where there are guys on second and third. He is one of the best when it comes to hitting in clutch moments. Unfortunately today he didn’t come through.
It’s easy to blame pitching when you give up eight runs like the Tigers did, but at the same time you can’t expect to win games scoring two runs. Most of the runs were allowed in the eighth inning after Detroit failed to bring in runners on second and third base with no outs in the seventh.
For the Tigers to have success, or anyone for that matter, this has to improve, quickly.