What’s worse than a loss in a game with an exciting brawl? The answer: a blowout loss one night later with no excitement at all. Boston put the wood to the Tigers one more time with an 8-2 win. Jason Bay hit his 3rd homer in as many games and Mike Lowell hit his 3rd in the past 2 days filling in for the ejected/suspended Kevin Youkilis. The Red Sox have been using the power of the long ball all series long and the Tigers have proven to be no match.
Zach Miner filled in for Armando Galarraga who was under the weather and unable to start for the Tigers. Zach pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks, and 5 earned. 2 of his earned runs were let in by Freddy Dolsi who was called up to replace the abused Chris Lambert. Dolsi let those 2 in plus 3 more in the 5th to help the Sox put the game out of reach.
I said it in my series preview and it held true, this just wasn’t a good matchup for the Tigers. Josh Beckett is the Red Sox’s equivalent of Justin Verlander at home and with the Tigers road struggles, the writing was on the wall. Solo homers by Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames were all the Tigers could muster off of the Boston ace. Beckett only allowed 1 other hit and 1 walk while striking out 6 through 7 innings of dominant baseball. As good as he’s been for as long as he’s been at it, it’s hard to believe Beckett is only 29-years old.
Jason Bay has risen from the dead over the past 3 days, lighting up the Tigers for a homer in each of the games thus far. He was 3-3 on the night tonight and has 4 homers in his last 5 games overall. He batted 3rd tonight in the absence of Youkilis after hitting 7th the past few games.
The loss drops the Tigers to 59-54 and Detroit is now a paltry 23-36 on the road and haven’t won a road series in their last 9 attempts. Boston jumps to 65-48 but remains 5.5 games back of New York who won in walk-off fashion today against Toronto.
Justin Verlander looks for win #13 tomorrow against Clay Buchholz in an afternoon start slated for 1:35 eastern. I’d love to say that Justin will play the stopper once again, like he’s done so many times this year, but I’m just not feeling it. Hopefully I’m wrong.