Extra Innings Not Kind to Tigers

The Tigers stretched the Angels into extra innings on Friday night, desperately trying to salvage any glimmer of hope that they could take into the 2006 season. Unfortunately, any glimmer of hope they'll be able to take will have to come in the way of moral victories, as Los Angeles took the game in twelve.

Detroit Tigers - 67-79, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers battled, their offense put up runs, but in the end it wasn't enough to keep up with the AL West leading Angels in the 7-6 defeat. The loss puts the Tigers at 79 losses, making it nearly impossible for them to finish out the season at .500 or above, and likely will mean there's a challenge ahead just for the team to beat last year's record of 72-90. Jason Johnson took a no decision as the starter, giving up four runs in six innings. He left the game with a two run lead, but Franklyn German immediately handed those two runs back to the Angels, and Vic Darensbourg took the loss, giving up the run in the twelfth inning. Chris Shelton had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI for the Tigers, while Carlos Pena had a mammoth three run home run to originally give the Tigers the lead in the sixth inning. The Tigers take on Los Angeles again on Saturday night at 10:05pm with Roman Colon facing Ervin Santana.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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