After a horrendous night Saturday, the Tigers are looking to bounce back from their game 2 loss at the hands of the Angels. Anibal Sanchez toed the rubber looking to continue his August dominance, in which he is 2-1 in five starts with a .366 ERA and 26 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .216 average during the month.
The Tigers began the day 1 game back of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot, and 4.5 games behind division leader Cleveland in the American League Central.
INNINGS 1 – 3
Sanchez faced the minimum through the first three innings. He allowed a leadoff single in the 2nd but it was erased with a ground ball double play. Detroit meanwhile wasted a base runner in each of the first three innings – a two-out single from Miguel Cabrera in the 1st, a two-out walk to Casey McGehee in the 2nd, and a hit batsman to lead off the 3rd.
(THRU 3: TIED 0-0)
INNINGS 4 – 6
The Tigers threatened again in the 4th when Cabrera led off with a double, but he ended up getting stranded on third base. The Angels struck first in the next half inning with a two-run blast from former Tiger Jefry Marte, making it a 2-0 Angels lead. They then loaded the bases in the top of the 6th with three consecutive singles to open the inning. All three came around to score on sacrifice fly outs from Andrelton Simmons and the aforementioned Marte, followed by a a double from Warren De La Salle product Nick Buss. That made it a 5-0 lead for the Halos, forcing Sanchez out of the game.
Skaggs pitched a clean 1-2-3 shut down inning in the 5th and 6th innings to keep the Tigers’ bats quiet.
(THRU 6: LAA LEADS 5-0)
INNINGS 7 – 9
The 7th inning was quiet for both teams. C.J. Cron led off the eighth with a triple to the left-center gap and was promptly stranded by reliever Mark Lowe, who struck out the side. A Cameron Maybin double in the 8th, and Justin Upton singled in the 9th, both with two outs were all the Tigers could muster against the Angels bullpen.
Detroit goes on to lose the series finale, lose the series to the Halos and finish 2-4 against Anaheim in 2016. The bullpen in this game tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and punching out six batters.
(FINAL SCORE – LAA 5, DET 0)
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
.@MiguelCabrera now has 972 extra-base hits in his career, tying him with Al Kaline and Vladimir Guerrero for 44th in MLB history.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 28, 2016
First pickoff for Anibal Sanchez since July 11, 2014, when he caught Salvador Perez wandering too far off 1st base.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 28, 2016
4 outs and 4 Ks for Mark Lowe, the most he's had in a single appearance since July 23, 2015, when he helped Seattle beat Tigers at Comerica.
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) August 28, 2016
- Mark Lowe since the All-Star break: 14.1 IP, 17 K, 3.14 ERA, .206 BAA
The Chicago White Sox come to town for a three-game series with the Tigers. Matt Boyd (5-2, 3.98 ERA) is slated to start the first game on Monday, opposite of James Shields. Boyd turned in a quality start his last time out against the Twins on August 24.