Jun 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez (30) hits a triple in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers Offense Explodes, Bullpen Implodes

The Detroit Tigers offense turned in a playstation line box score against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday racking up a season high 12 runs and 19 hits.

The Tigers bats lit up Twins pitching for 10 extra base hits, three of them off the bat of Eugenio Suarez whose home run, triple and double left him just a single short of hitting for the cycle.

It was all welcome run support for Anibal Sanchez who turned in another solid outing pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing just 3 runs. Sanchez, who normally doesn’t benefit from this kind of support from the offense, must  have gone to the dugout think 12 runs was more than enough for the bullpen to secure his 3 rd win of the season.

But this is the Detroit Tigers bullpen.

And they did their best to try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by giving up a combined 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings.  In fact the game became so close Ian Krol notched a save after giving up 2 runs himself.  The Tigers went on to win 12-9.

The offensive explosion was certainly a welcome change in the plot line of the Tigers season while the bullpen implosion was a like a bad rerun. If the bullpen can’t get their act together it won’t matter how many runs the offense scores, the results will likely be missing the playoffs.

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