Tigers Lose Marathon
The Tigers blew a five-run lead, and fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in 19 innings yesterday. Detroit scored all its runs through the first four innings. David Price pitched shutout ball into the sixth, when he gave up a two-run homer to Dioner Navarro. After the first two batters in the seventh reached base, Price was relieved by Phil Coke, who allowed both of them to score. Toronto tied the game in the ninth off Joba Chamberlain. Each team had chances to end the game. The Tigers put two runners on in the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 18th, and loaded the bases in the 16th. The Jays loaded the bases in the 13th and 15th, and put two runners on in the 17th. Toronto scored the winning run off Rick Porcello when Jose Bautista slapped a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 19th.
Innings-wise, it was the fourth-longest game in Tigers’ history. Clock-wise, it was the second-longest. Each team used every position player. Detroit used every reliever before turning to Porcello in the 17th.
The Tigers open an interleague series at Pittsburgh tonight. Justin Verlander will start against Jeff Locke. Hear the first pitch at 7:05 on AM 1400, WCCY.
The Royals won their seventh-straight yesterday, so Detroit’s lead in the American League Central Division is now just a half-game.
The Tigers were short a reliever for yesterday’s game, because they put pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria on the disabled list yesterday. Sanchez left Friday night’s game with a strained chest muscle. He could miss three to four weeks. Soria left Saturday’s game after straining a muscle in his left side. He’ll likely miss two to three weeks. The team is expected to call two pitchers up in time for today’s game. They have not yet announced whom the reliever will be. Robbie Ray will join the starting rotation, and will likely pitch tomorrow in place of Porcello, because Porcello pitched last night.
Brewers Fall to Dodgers
The Brewers squandered some early opportunities, and fell to the Dodgers 5-1 yesterday. The loss spoiled another quality start by Jimmy Nelson, who gave up two runs over six innings.
The Brewers open a series against the Cubs in Chicago tonight. Yovani Gallardo will start against Jake Arrieta.
Saint Louis won, and Pittsburgh lost, so Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central Division is now two games over the Cardinals, and two-and-a-half games over the Pirates.
LaLonde Wins Single Speed USA Race
Jesse LaLonde from Minneapolis won Saturday’s Single Speed USA Race in Copper Harbor. Full results have not been posted. You can check for updates here.