Max Scherzer’s attempt to become the first pitcher since 1986 to start the season 14-0 was spoiled by the Rangers starter Derek Holland and slugger Mitch Moreland. Holland shut down the Tigers offense over 7 innings allowing just one run on 5 hits in seven innings. Morland hit a 2 run bomb off of Scherzer in the 4th that proved to be the game winner. Other than Moreland’s jack, the Rangers had no trouble scoring runs tagging Max Scherzer with 4 runs and reliever Al Alburquerque with 3 insurance runs in the ninth to defeat the Tigers 7-1.
Swinging Early And Often
Make no mistake, Derek Holland was very good tonight. However, the Tigers helped him out a bit by swinging early in the count. The Tigers were in no mood to work the count often swinging at the first pitch no results. When Ron Washington took his starter out of the game he had plenty left in the tank having only thrown 95 pitches after 7 innings.
All Good Things Must Come To An End
Victor Martinez’ hit streak stalled at 14. He went hitless in four at-bats while leaving six Detroit Tigers on base. He wasn’t the only one leaving runners stranded. The Tigers left a whopping 16 men on base against the Rangers.
The bullpen continued to be a mixed bag tonight. On one hand, Phil Coke came in and pitched nearly 2 innings of hitless baseball. An achievement for him considering he got smoked in his last three outings. On the other, Al Alburquerque who looked brilliant his last time out was tagged for 3 runs in the top of the 9th including a home run by Adrian Beltre (21). It wasn’t really a factor in the game but the inconsistency of the Tigers bullpen is becoming a major concern they will have to address at the trade deadline.
The Tigers try to take the series against the Rangers when Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park. First pitch will be at the typical Sunday start time of 1:08 and a the usual suspects will be making the call on Fox Sports Detroit.