Cornejo Rocked Again, Tigs Fall 12-2

In 2001, Nate Cornejo won 20 games at 3 levels, with a dominating low 90's fastball with great sink. Since then, everything has been downhill for the youngster, who still can't straighten out his problems, and was hit hard again on Sunday afternoon. The Mariners offense was running at full speed, hitting Cornejo as well as Esteban Yan and Steve Colyer. The Mariner pitching staff had no such problems.

It's almost painful to watch Nate Cornejo take the mound now. His accuracy doesn't seem on, there's no sink on his fastball, and worst of all, when you glance up at the radar gun - he rarely registers above the mid 80's. Cornejo's once bright star seems to be fading quickly as he allowed 4 ER in 4 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 3. Tiger relievers Esteban Yan and Steve Colyer didn't perform much better, each allowing 4 more runs to score. On the other side, Mariner starter Gil Meche had a solid outing, going 6 innings while giving up 2 runs and striking out 4.

The Tigers didn't have many noteworthy offensive performances. 3B Eric Munson, whose bat has become very quiet over the past couple weeks, provided the only offense for the Tigers with a double in the bottom of the fifth that scored the Tigers only 2 runs of the day. Seattle on the other hand had a number of outstanding performers at the plate - including a 3-run home run by 2B Bret Boone. John Olerud went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, while Scott Spiezio launched his 3rd home run of the season.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 13-12 on the season, while the Mariners elevated their record to 9-16. Detroit now heads out west for their first west coast trip of the season, kicking off a 3-game set Monday night against the Angels. Lefty Mike Maroth is set to take on Bartolo Colon - the Tigers hope they'll get a similar result as to what they got earlier in the week when Maroth got the best of Colon at Comerica Park. First pitch is set for 10:05pm.

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