Just a minor thing before getting to the game that was not pretty today.
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And now for the ugly of the day. Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the competition. The Tigers managed to do something that no other team had done all season: sweep the White Sox in a three or more game series. Before today’s loss, the White Sox were the only team in MLB that had not been swept in a three or more game series. You may recall that the Sox did this to the Texas Rangers last month. Fun times all around.
Philip Humber was just . . . bad. So bad, he was reminding people of the suck he exhibited before going on the disabled list. He gave up four home runs today. Two to Miguel Cabrera (who hit numbers 299 and 300 today), one each for Quintin Berry and Brennan Boesch. The whole was dug early for the Sox. The only “nicety” about it was that the whole was dug before there were two outs. I suppose considering that the Tigers had been doing so much two out scoring makes it hurt less? No, no it doesn’t.
The Sox did make a valiant effort to make a comeback with Alex Rios hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning (that was reviewed and called a home run) and again when Youk hit a solo shot in the seventh inning. Sadly, like always, the whole was just too big to overcome when the offense has been lackluster at best of late. The Sox did get 10 hits in the game, but you know the drill. No one could drive in those runs.
A bright spot today was the pitching of Hector Santiago. He was brought into the game after Philip had to go because he was bad today. Hector pitched 3.1 innings of no hit ball. He did have four strikeouts and did walk four, but at least the Tigers didn’t score anymore runs. Nate Jones and Donnie Veal also pitched and helped to give the offense a chance.
Tomorrow the Sox will be back home for a brief three-game series against the Twins. Hopefully, the Sox an get back on a roll at home. This time last year (July 21, 2011 to be exact) the Tigers took over first place and never looked back. Let’s hope that history doesn’t repeat itself. The 1.5 lead the Tigers have is not insurmountable, but the Sox need to get it together to make a serious run.
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