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Bullpen Falters, Tigers Get Routed

After a long seven game west coast road trip where the Tigers dropped four of seven, they had hoped that a return home would return them to their winning ways. Instead, the bullpen got lit up for nine runs en route to an 11-4 dismantling at the hands of the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers were able to jump out to the early lead in the second inning when they scored the games first run off of a J.D. Martinez triple and then added a second run in the inning on a Bryan Holaday sacrafice fly. The Tigers offense went stagnant once again after that point, only able to score two more runs the entire game, coming at the point when they were meaningless. The only bright spot for the Tigers offense was Victor Martinez, who went 3-4 with a run scored.
The White Sox came back to tie the game in the fourth inning and the tie held up until the seventh inning when the White Sox exploded for seven runs. Soria replaced Sanchez with the bases loaded with one out and a 3-2 defecit. That soon became 6-2 when Alexi Ramirez cleared the bases with a double. Jose Abreu then hit his 31st home run of the season, a 2-run shot, before Adam Dunn added a solo home run to make it 9-2 after seven. The White Sox would go on to add two more runs in the 8th inning before eventually winning 11-4.
Notes:
Soria had not given up a home run in all of the 2013 season and only gave up two total in 2014 prior to last nights game where he gave up two in one inning.
The Tigers made three errors in the game.
The Tigers also lost shortstop Eugenio Suarez to lower back tightness on a play he made in the first inning. He is considered day-to-day at this point.
The Tigers and White Sox continue their series from Comerica Park tonight at 7:08 PM.
-Brett D’Angelo

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