The Detroit Tigers scored 3 runs on seven hits and took a 2-3 lead into the 9th only to have the bullpen blow it again.
This time it was Joba Chamberlain’s turn to blow a save as Boston’s David Ortiz dropped a three run bomb on the Tiger reliever in the top of the ninth. Joe Nathan wasn’t available after throwing 36 pitches on Saturday Night.
Boston went on to win the game 5-3 on national television.
For those who thought Joba Chamberlain was the solution at closer, its time to go back to the drawing board.
The sting of the loss in minimized a bit because the Tigers took two of three from the Red Sox but the continued struggles in the bullpen have to be a cause for concern.
Miguel Cabrera left the game in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game with tightness in his hamstring. He is listed as day-to-day and there is no word on whether he will miss the opening game of the series against the White Sox.
Eugenio Suarez is having a tremendous start to his major league career. The Detroit Tigers rookie shortstop hit a home run in his major league debut on Saturday and had two RBI in the game on Sunday.
What makes his start even more impressive is that he did that against two of the leagues better pitchers John Lester and John Lackey.
Closing The Gap
The Tigers were able to get back to their winning ways against Boston but not before giving up a huge lead in the division. Detroit is now just 3 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians and 4 1/2 games ahead of Chicago White Sox (tonight’s opponent).
At one point the Tigers had a 7.5 game lead on the division. With the recent losing skid now nearly every team in the division is within striking distance.