The Tigers went in to Texas on Friday night, pulled off a win backed by a key Prince Fielder home run and a strong outing (as far as runs allowed are concerned) from Max Scherzer.
Then on Saturday Justin Verlander pitched 7 strong innings (standing ovation would have been allowed) giving up just one run, however Brayan Villareal was unable to hold the game at 1-1 and the Rangers won in the ninth inning 2-1.
Austin Jackson had an inside the park home run on Friday night for his 12th HR of the season then led off the next game with his 13th of the year, in more traditional fashion. However, a run in the first batter on Saturday would be the only run for the team, making it difficult to win.
On Sunday Rick Porcello pitched like he usually does against Texas, poorly. He added to the “Tigers defense is terrible” theory himself with a throwing error that led to more runs and when all was said and done the Tigers lost 8-3. Miguel Cabrera did what he could to help out and get them back in the game, adding an RBI double to cut the lead to 6-3 but that was as close as they would get.
The Tigers have once again started a road trip 1-2 and are now headed to Minnesota, who, if you haven’t been paying attention, are playing not as crappy as before. The Tiger’s have plenty of games left against the Royals, Indians and Twins the rest of the season and really need to start beating these weaker teams in order to get a hold on this division.
They sit two games back of the White Sox in the Central and can still put a winning streak together to run away with the division. But the way this season has gone, I won’t hold out hope for that to happen.
In Lions news, they played and lost their preseason opening against the Browns on Friday night. But who cares, its preseason, its the first preseason game, the only reason people care and get excited is because it is actual football to watch for the first time in over 6 months.
Some stuff happened, some of the soon to be cut players looked bad at the end. The back up running backs, Keiland Williams and Joique Bell ran very well, meaning either the running game will be fine or that they were playing the Browns in a preseason game and that there wasn’t much competition.
Next up for them is the Ravens on Friday night in Baltimore. Yippee, more fake football, look for more of the same in this one, back ups that have no chance of staying with the team playing the 2nd half and Stafford and Megatron and Burrelson and Young barely more than 12-15 plays on offense.
START THE REGULAR SEASON ALREADY!