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.
Jose Abreu had not appeared in a game for the White Sox since making an early exit last Friday night with lingering irritation in his right index finger. But he is starting at DH and batting third in his return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Abreu has dealt with the finger injury on and off for much of the 2015 campaign and it may continue to bother him for the rest of the summer. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 46 games this season after batting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games last season. He was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.
Rangers prospect Joey Gallo punched a two-run single past White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche in his first career major league plate appearance. An argument could be made that it should have been ruled an error. There will be no such argument from the result of his second major league plate appearance …
The official distance on that two-run bomb was 418 feet. Gallo registered a pair of 40-homer seasons in the minor leagues and is now having an immediate impact as Adrian Beltre’s temporary fill-in at third base.