Pitching Fails Again, Tigers lose 11-4

The Tigers pitching staff continues to struggle holding the opposition to a reasonable amount of runs. This held true yet again on Tuesday night as the Angels rocked Nate Robertson and Esteban Yan, dropping the Tigers a game below .500, the first time this season they've been below .500. The loss also marked the third game in a row that the Tigers allowed double digit runs to be scored on them.

Apparently, the Angels have something figured out about Nate Robertson that the rest of the league has yet to do. Thusfar, in 2 appearances, Robertson is 0-2 with an ERA of nearly 20 while walking more than he's struck out in only 6 1/3 innings. Robertson's stats minus the Angels? 1-0, 1 save, 2.78 ERA, and 30 strikeouts compared with only 16 walks. Either Robertson has simply lost his touch over the past week, or he's made a deal with the devil that these Angels can apparently overpower.

After 3 innings allowing 6 runs, Esteban Yan relieved Robertson and didn't fare much better, giving up another 5 runs over 2 2/3 innings. Gary Knotts closed out the final 2 1/3 without allowing a run.

For the Angels, Jarrod Washburn went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4. With the win, he elevated his record to 5-1 on the season.

The offense was only able to manage 4 runs, and unfortunately, that wasn't nearly enough. The Tigers got their scoring off a trio of home runs. OF Rondell White and C Ivan Rodriguez hit back to back homers in the 4th inning (both solo shots) and 1B Carlos Pena launched a 2-run home run in the 7th that chased Washburn. The Angels also utilized the long ball, with Bengie Molina, Troy Glaus and Jose Guillen all sending one out.

As was noted before, the loss drops the Tigers a game below .500 at 13-14. The Angels up their record to 17-10. The series finale starts off at 10:05pm as Jason Johnson will attempt to do just what an ace is expected to - and that's stop the bleeding. He faces former Blue Jay Kelvim Escobar.

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