Detroit Tigers' Dreadful Defensively In Demoralizing Loss

By David Fouty
Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers‘ defense was somehow uglier than the muggy, rainy weather at Comerica Park Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels

They committed six errors and appeared despondent on defense in the lopsided 14-8 loss. Don’t let the score fool you — this one wasn’t close after the fourth inning.

No other MLB team had committed even five errors in a game this season. The Tigers’ pitching staff combined for six walks. Free passes were easier to come by than coupons in your Sunday paper.

Rick Porcello was charged with seven of the runs, which gives him a combined 16 earned runs in five innings over two starts against the Halos this year. Outside of those two debaucheries, he has a respectable 3.70 ERA. Unfortunately for him, you don’t get mulligans in baseball.

The Angels have the Tigers’ number lately, to say the least. They’ve won the last seven meetings between the two clubs and are now 64-36 since 2002 against them. They have scored 36 runs against the Tigers in the four meetings the clubs have played this season.

J.B. Shuck led the way for the Angels on offense, going 3-5 with four RBI. Yes, you read that correctly. Every Angels’ starter registered at least one hit in the game. Somehow, it could have even been much worse. The Angels stranded 11 runners in the game.

The Angels did all their damage without the help of the long ball. It might sound like a statistical anomaly, but it’s bound to get ugly when you give up 16 hits and six errors.

The Tigers will have to chalk this one up in the “forget that ever happened” column. They looked more like the Bad News Bears than the reigning American League champions. Luckily for them, it only counts as one loss and those are bound to happen when you play 162 games in a season.

David Fouty is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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