Here's about all you need to know about the Tigers' day at the plate. Miguel Cabrera was reliable at the plate, going 2-for-3 and generating an intentional walk.
The other eight starters went a combined 0-for-25.
The poor offense wasted a great start from Justin Verlander who went the distance for the club, allowing two runs on six hits in his nine innings. Verlander yielded both runs in the seventh inning, when the Rangers were able to string three hits together including a pair of doubles and plate two runs. It wasn't much, but it was enough on Monday.
The Tigers had a scoring threat late in the game when after Raburn's double the Rangers elected to intentionally walk Cabrera, putting the winning run at the plate in Victor Martinez. Unfortunately, Martinez grounded out weakly to second for the final out of the game.
Many of the Tigers' hitters after the game gave credit to Rangers' starter Alexi Ogando, as the outfielder-turned-pitcher had the team off-balance all game.
He may have walked away with a loss, but the star was absolutely Verlander on Monday. He went the distance, avoiding any potential hiccups with the middle relief that has been so shaky this season. He also gave up just six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, the walk and three of the hits all came in the same inning, allowing the Rangers to score a couple times, handing Verlander an undeserved loss.
Key AB's Of The Game
Key AB's Of The Game
Bottom 4, Alexi Ogando (RHP) vs. Victor Martinez (LHB)
After a walk by Brennan Boesch, Miguel Cabrera ripped a double to give the Tigers their only strong scoring threat, putting runners on second and third with just one out and Martinez at the plate. Ogando fired a first pitch fastball for a called strike to get ahead in the count 0-1, and then came back with the same four seamer up and in. The pitch jammed Martinez, who was able to muscle a pop up into shallow left field. Elvis Andrus made a great play to range and catch the ball over his head, however, Cabrera was already on his way to third base when the catch was made, leaving him as an easy target to double off, ending the inning.
Top 7, Justin Verlander (RHP) vs. Mitch Moreland (LHB)
With Verlander having already allowed a run and men on first and third and two out, getting Moreland out was big to keep the damage to one run. Verlander's first pitch was a change-up in the dirt, but he came back with two straight four seamers, getting a foul on the first one but laying off the second one to take the count to 2-1. Verlander came back with the change-up hoping to get Moreland out in front, but the ball was located right over the heart of the plate thigh-high, a perfect ball to drive when he's sitting back. Moreland did just that, hitting a well hit ball to right field, over Ordonez's head, bringing in the team's second run.
Bottom 9, Neftali Feliz (RHP) vs. Miguel Cabrera (RHB) The Standings
Last spring, the Rangers tried to challenge Cabrera in a close-game, late-inning situation, and he made them pay by belting an opposite field home run. Even with Martinez hitting behind him, the Rangers still wanted nothing to do with Cabrera. Feliz intentionally walked him, putting the tying run on base and bringing the winning run to the plate. They would get Martinez to ground out to end the game, but this was a clear sign that no matter how optimistic the Tigers were about the new protection they got for Miguel, some teams will still take their chances and pitch around him, even if it's conventionally a bad call.
3-7, 5th in the AL Central