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Tigers head into the All-Star break with a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays

The Detroit Tigers head into the All-Star break on a sour note, losing three of the four against the Toronto Blue Jays. Starter Anibal Sanchez, has had a rough season so far and got knocked around again today. Sanchez went just four innings and allowed 5 runs on eight hits.

Not that Sanchez’s poor start mattered much, because even if he had been stellar, the one run the offense scored was probably not going to get the job done. While this game, and series didn’t go well for the Tigers, they did the unofficial first half of the season with a 6-5 record on the road trip, which is certainly nothing to hang your head about.

1st-3rd Innings: The Tigers had runners on second and third with two outs in the first inning but Nick Castellanos struck out swinging.

Toronto then went 1-2-3.

The second inning would be a different story.

The Tigers returned the favor by going 1-2-3 in the top of the second, and then the Blue Jays struck.

Josh Thole singled to right field scoring Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar.

In the top of the third inning, Cameron Maybin was able to secure his second hit in as many at bats but the offense was unable to bring him across the plate.

The Blue Jays had three hits in the third, but thanks to a double play, the Tigers were able to keep them from scoring and avoid a potential disaster.

(THRU 3: TOR LEADS 2-0)

INNINGS 4 – 6

The fourth inning was nothing doing for Detroit as the Tigers went down 1-2-3.

Sanchez retired the first two batters in the fourth, but a walk to Thole and single by Ezequiel Carrera set up a two-out three-run home run by Josh Donaldson. Sanchez then struck out the last batter of the inning and would be done for the day.

The Tigers showed an early sign of life in the fifth inning as Mike Aviles lead off with a triple, and then scored on a James McCann ground out. Kinsler would also triple in the inning, followed by a Cameron Maybin walk which brought up Miguel Cabrera with runners on the corners with the Tigers down four, but Cabrera flied out to right to end the inning.

Tigers reliever Dustin Molleken came on the fifth inning and retired the first two batters before surrendering a walk and ground rule double. With runners in scoring position and two outs, the 31-year old Molleken was able to Darwin Barney to swing at strike three and get out of the inning with no damage.

The Tigers were unable to help their case and went 1-2-3 against R.A. Dickey’s knuckle-ball again in the sixth inning.

The Blue Jays, not to be outdone, went 1-2-3 as well.

(THRU 6: TOR LEADS 5-1)

INNINGS 7 – 9

The Tigers drew only a single base runner in the seventh as James McCann was able to get to base on a walk, but it didn’t mean much as the Tigers weren’t able to do anything else in the inning.

Molleken retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh but after giving up a hit and a walk, Kyle Ryan came in to relieve him and got Justin Smoak to fly out to end the inning.

Maybin, Cabrera, and V-Mart went 1-2-3 in the eighth, squandering perhaps the best chance the Tigers had at a comeback.

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in bottom of the eighth, but a Michael Saunders single that scored Barney was the only damage done.

Tigers had both Aviles and Justin Upton in scoring position in the top of the ninth but a Jose Iglesias ground out would end the threat and the game.

(FINAL SCORE – TOR 6, DET 1)

ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

  • Justin Upton is one home run away from 200 in his career.
  • Cameron Maybin‘s stolen base in the the third was the first off Dickey in his last 35 starts (July 4, 2015 at Detroit).

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