Game 006: Bullpen Falters as Tigers Fall

The bullpen squandered a 5-4 lead for the Tigers in the seventh inning and the team couldn't recover as they dropped their second straight series.

The Skinny

The game started out fairly typically, with the Tigers managing a couple of runs, the Orioles coming back with a couple of their own, then the Tigers putting up a couple more and the O's matching again.

But in the top of the seventh, an Alex Avila walk would prove to be the go-ahead run as Austin Jackson ripped a double that scored Avila to give the club a 5-4 lead.

Brayan Villarreal got the final two outs in the sixth inning after replacing Brad Penny, but in the seventh inning Jim Leyland would turn to Brad Thomas and then Enrique Gonzalez, neither of whom could pitch effectively. The pair combined to allow five runs and turn a slim 5-4 lead into a 9-5 blowout in the other direction.

Daniel Schlereth got the final four outs (though he did allow an inherited runner to score) to keep Baltimore off the scoreboard further, but the damage was already done.

Penny got a no decision as the starter, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Avila belted a solo home run, while Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez also each chipped in with an RBI.

The Star

Austin Jackson gets the star of the game for his 2-for-5 night, most importantly, his double to left field that scored Avila which was the go-ahead run. Jackson also scored once for the club. Honorable mention also goes to Avila for scoring the run as well as ripping a solo shot earlier in the game.

Key AB's Of The Game

Top 7, Jeremy Accardo (RHP) vs. Austin Jackson (RHB)
After starting Jackson off with a 90-mph four seamer to get ahead in the count, Accardo tried to come back at Jackson with a slider. A good idea having Jackson behind in the count, but executed poorly. Despite being set up outside, the pitch mostly just spun and never broke, hanging out over the middle of the plate belt high. Jackson ripped the pitch to deep left field to easily score Avila.

Bottom 7,Enrique Gonzalez (RHP) vs. Mark Reynolds (RHB)
At this point, the Tigers had already lost the lead, down 6-5, but by no means was the game out of reach, making this an incredibly important at-bat. Gonzalez started Reynolds out with three straight sliders, getting a swing and miss in-between two balls, resulting in a 2-1 count. At that point, Gonzalez turned to the four seamer, which he missed again with and was now down 3-1. He was able to get another swing and miss with the fastball on the next pitch, but went to the pitch one too many times, as Reynolds was ready for the fastball and belted it for a double, driving in two runs and suddenly putting the game further out of reach.

The Standings

2-4, tied for 4th in the AL Central

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