Tiger start off 2nd half in dismal fashion

Lose to Cleveland Indians 6-2

Posted In: Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

19th July, 2014     0

The Detroit Tigers have started out the 2nd half with a two game losing to streak to their Central Division opponent Cleveland Indians.  In a rare Day/ Night doubleheader at Comerica Park today the Tigers lost the first game 6-2.  In front of 38,109 fans for the make up game from April 19th the skies and Tiger bats were dismal.

Drew VerHagen getting his first MLB start pitched well enough to win but didn't get the run support from the Tigers.  VerHagen pitched into the 6th inning before giving up 2 runs and then Manager Brad Asmus went to the bullpen.  That didn't help matters with the bullpen being shaky for the 2nd straight game.   The Indians would hold a 4-1 lead going into the 9th inning before adding 2 more runs before the Tigers would get a couple of hits in the bottom of the inning. 

Miguel Cabrera would lead the Tigers on the day with 3 hits including a double.  Austin Jackson and J.D. Martinez would both get RBI's in the game.  The Tigers now fall to 53-40 on the season and have a 5 1/2 game lead over Cleveland in the Central Division.  Drew VerHagen would be tagged with the loss in his Major League debut.  He most likely will be returned to Toledo MudHens for the time being. 

The Tigers continue to draw record crowds at Comerica Park this season.  The fans in Detroit and the state of Michigan have gotten so use to the Tigers doing well in the Central Division that they become critical of the Tigers when they only get 6 hits on the day.  Oh well the mission is to get into the MLB playoffs and then win from there on out.   It is proving to be another interesting season down in the heart of the "D." 

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