What a difference a day makes! Just 24 hours after Max Scherzer spun a 3 hit complete game shut-out the Detroit Tigers get shut-out themselves at home.
The Detroit Tigers wasted a gem by starter Drew Symly who pitched 6 innings while scattering 4 hits and surrendering just one run in a 2-0 loss to the Twins.
The Detroit Tigers offense managed only 6 hits themselves leaving 12 on base. Their biggest scoring chance came in the bottom of the fifth when the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out and Migeul Cabrera striding to the plate. The golden opportunity eneded abruptly when Cabrera grounded into a double play to end the scoring threat.
If the lack of offense wasn’t bad enough, closer Joe Nathan entered the game in the top of the ninth innings and loaded the bases.
The inning started with a throwing error resulting in Josh Willingham being safe at first base. Nathan did manage to get two outs but then walked Trevor Plouffe, Hit Eduardo Nunez and then with the bases loaded walked Eduardo Escobar resulting in the Twins second run.
The loss drops the Detroit Tigers home record to 16-16 and will certainly add fuel to the speculation the Joe Nathan has lost the ability to be effective as the teams closer.
The Tigers will continue their seven game home stand on Saturday at 4:08 against the Minnesota Twins. They will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face Samuel Deduno in an attempt to prevent another losing streak.