Tonight was a tough night for the Tigers and an even tougher night for Doug Fister as they earned another loss against the Minnesota Twins.
After one of what some say was his worst start ever last Wednesday against the Rangers Fister took the mound tonight looking to redeem himself. I wanted him so badly to do well and do well he did, for the first three innings and then he just seemed to come apart at the seams in the fourth. He pitched a measly four innings had six earned runs, eight hits, one walk, four strike outs (which is should be noted none of which occurred after the second inning) and a grand total of 85 pitches. Sigh, what a tough night for such a stand out guy.
It is uncertain if Fister is still struggling with the side strain that sidelined him for a month earlier but fans can only hope and send well wishes Fister’s way to a speedy recovery of whatever may be ailing him.
In more depressing news tonight’s loss to the Twins, 6-4, has pushed the Tigers four games behind the AL Central-leading White Sox and prevented them from reaching .500. The team has not reached .500 since May 15. It should also be noted that following a road trip in which Detroit finished 5-5, the club opened a 10-game homestand Monday night with a chance to reach .500 for the first time in more than six weeks. It was the eighth time since May 15 the Tigers have stood within a game of .500, losing all eight.
After trailing 6-1 the Tigers rallied in the fifth bringing in four runs, thanks to Cabrera’s double that scored Jackson and Berry but like the Tigers know all to well it is hard to fall behind on the scoreboard and work your way out of a hole for the win. (Not that it cannot be done, because it can and those are great games to watch, they are just harder to win) But try they did to tie it in the seventh inning with bases loaded. Unfortunately Brennan Boesch stepped up to the plate, pinch hitting for Rayburn, I have to admit I go real excited because I thought now there is a possibility we could win this thing but Boesch went down on three pitches leaving all three men on base.
Let’s hope for the sanity of our fans that tomorrows game goes better. Tune in tomorrow night at 7:05 as Below and Blackburn take the mound.