Game 75: Breaking down the Tigers’ breakdown
That was ugly.
“We got beat down today,” Torii Hunter said. “They looked good. We had six errors. They had like 17 hits, 16 hits. All around, they beat us in every facet of the game.”
This is one of those games when Jim Leyland says to turn the page.
“I just think that this one’s just one that’s in the book and you put it in the book and you forget about it,” Leyland said, “because there’s nothing you can do about it. It was just an ugly night for us. Obviously they hit the ball all over the place and we didn’t make some plays. Those things happen. There’s no sense getting all excited about something like that.”
The story might be better told in the statistics:
- 14: Runs allowed by Tigers pitching, their highest total since they gave up 15 to the Giants on July 2, 2011. That game capped a stretch in which they allowed 14+ runs three times in a five-day stretch, and ended up bringing in Don Kelly to pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on June 29.
- 6: Errors by the Tigers, their highest total in a game since Sept. 11, 1982, in a 13-3 loss to the Red Sox. It’s also the highest error total by a Major League team since the Pirates committed seven errors against the Cubs last Sept. 7.
- 2: Errors committed by Miguel Cabrera, just his second two-error game since returning to third base last season. The other came last Aug. 31 against the White Sox.
- 2: Errors from reliever Evan Reed. Surprisingly, he’s the fourth Tigers reliever since 2010 with a two-error game. Brayan Villarreal was the last, having done so on May 25, 2012 against the Twins.
- 4:03: Time of game, second longest for a nine-inning game in the Majors this season.
- 36: Runs scored by the Angels in four games against the Tigers this season, tripling Detroit’s scoring.
Thanks to baseball-reference and STATS for the info.