The Tigers lost to the Athletics 3-2 today to end their 11 game 10 day road trip with a 3-8 record. Today, it was not their pitching that lost it but their lack of hitting. They had 8 hits and 5 walks but left 8 men on base including the bases loaded in the 8th. The only Tiger with two hits was Placido Polanco. Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe each had RBI singles.
Nate Robertson managed to get through 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 9 hits. Chad Durbin, Bobby Seay and Jason Grilli pitched 2 scoreless innings although Seay was very wild loading the bases without a hit in the 8th inning.
The Tigers have now lost 10 of their last 14 games and have been outscored 103-72 during that period. That comes out to 5.1 runs scored per game which is not the 6 runs per game they were scoring previously but still pretty good. The problem has been the 7.4 runs allowed per game. Both the starters and relievers have contributed to their downfall.
As if there had not been enough bad news lately, it was learned today that Gary Sheffield's shoulder did not respond well to the cortisone shot he received last week. He is still in pain and is going to be re-examined tomorrow or Friday. He has not been swinging well at all and went 5 for 33 on the road trip.
After 17 games in 5 cities (including one series at home) in 16 days, the Tigers finally get a day off tomorrow. After that, they have an 11 game home stand versus the White Sox, Devil Rays and Athletics.