The Tigers dropped their eighth straight game last night against the White Sox. And it happened in heartbreaking fashion.
After getting a strong outing from rookie left-hander Kyle Ryan and a go-ahead two-run single from Josh Wilson in the seventh inning, the Tigers appeared primed to finally snap the losing streak. Joakim Soria, who has been very solid since taking over the closer role for Detroit, had the White Sox down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Adam LaRoche provided some heroics for Chicago by slugging a game-tying solo home run. Gut punch.
Then we move to the 11th, when Alex Wilson allowed back-to-back singles to Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus understandably decided to intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, but then this happened…
Yes, a walk-off hit-by-pitch. Ouch. Well, double-ouch, really.
The Tigers have now have their longest losing streak since 2005. They have slipped to an even 28-28 on the year, putting them five games off the pace in the American League Central. They’ll look to ace David Price to stop the bleeding tonight.
Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson used Coors Field as a launching pad earlier this week, but last night it was Giancarlo Stanton’s turn. And he didn’t disappoint. Check out this monster blast off right-hander Eddie Butler…
According to StatCast, the ball traveled 478 feet. That’s one foot longer than this Pederson blast on Wednesday.
Nearly one year removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made his long-awaited return last night. And he didn’t much time to shake the rust, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in a 5-2 win over the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The game was tied 2-2 until Adam Jones hit a go-ahead solo home run off Shaun Marcum in the sixth. The Orioles got some insurance in the eighth inning when Jones had an RBI triple and Wieters drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Chris Tillman allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in the victory. He had been winless over his previous seven starts.
After losing five in a row, the Orioles have now won back-to-back games. While Baltimore is just 25-29 on the year, they are only 4 1/2 games out in the American League East. Finally having Wieters back behind the plate could go a long way in helping them close the gap.
Your Friday box scores:
Orioles 5, Indians 2
Angels 7, Yankees 8
Cubs 5, Nationals 7
Astros 2, Blue Jays 6
Giants 5, Phillies 4
Athletics 2, Red Sox 4
Padres 6, Reds 2
Pirates 10, Braves 8
Brewers 10, Twins 5
Tigers 3, White Sox 4 (11 innings)
Marlins 6, Rockies 2
Rangers 4, Royals 0
Mets 2, Diamondbacks 7
Rays 1, Mariners 0
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1
If Thursday afternoon wasn’t rock bottom for the Red Sox, they could have a long summer ahead of them.
After blowing an early lead and making mishaps on the bases and in the field, the Red Sox lost 8-4 to the Twins yesterday at Fenway Park in Boston.
Powered by home runs from Dustin Pedroia and Blake Swihart against lefty Tommy Milone, the Red Sox had a 4-0 lead through four innings. However, knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up a three-run homer to Torii Hunter in the fifth inning before Kurt Suzuki tied things up with an RBI single in the sixth. The Red Sox ran out of a possible rally on back-to-back plays in the seventh after Hanley Ramirez tried to go to third base on ground ball to the left side of the infield and Mike Napoli was thrown out trying to score from first base on a single. Not good.
The ugliness continued in the top of the ninth after the first two batters reached against Koji Uehara. Joe Mauer surprisingly dropped down a bunt, but Pablo Sandoval couldn’t handle the throw to third base from Swihart and the go-ahead run came around to score. The Twins tacked on three more runs before Glen Perkins retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the ninth to lock down the victory.
The Red Sox have lost 11 out of their last 16 games and sit at 24-31 on the season. Amazingly, that still puts them just 5 1/2 games out of first place, but that’s the mediocrity of the American League East for you.
Below are Thursday’s box scores and recaps…
Twins 8, Red Sox 4
Athletics 7, Tigers 5
Orioles 3, Astros 2
Indians 6, Royals 2 (called after 8 innings)
White Sox 2, Rangers 1 (11 innings)
Reds 6, Phillies 2
Cubs 2, Nationals 1
Mets 6, Diamondbacks 2
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 1
Rays 2, Mariners 1
The new Mets’ infield arrangement didn’t last long, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Daniel Murphy left tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks with left quad tightness.
Murphy went 1-for-2 with a double before leaving the game. Eric Campbell replaced him at third base to begin the bottom of the third inning.
Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season. After getting off to a very slow start, he’s hitting .345 over his last 37 games. The Mets are already hurting for offense, so it would be a really tough blow to lose him for an extended period of time.