DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – May’s showers haven’t brought June’s flowers yet for Detroit as they have started the month on a five-game losing streak. Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Philadelphia put Detroit at 26-33 after the Tigers were just two games away from being .500 entering the month.
Tuesday’s loss was a competitive game that came down to great pitching. Philadelphia scored in the first inning and then held Detroit to just three hits as three pitchers combined for the shutout. Detroit’s Tyler Alexander went three innings for the loss earning three strikeouts giving up just one hit and one earned run. Three other pitchers after Alexander recorded six strikeouts and only two hits with no runs.
A.J. Hinch, Detroit’s manager, said, “Losing the game is bad because it’s a winnable game, but our pen did an incredible job.”
The only run of the game came in the first inning on a Philadelphia home run.
Javier Baez, Zack Short, and Miguel Cabrera had the only hits for Detroit.
Detroit’s chance to score came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. After a foul out, Short singled and Cabrera doubled to put runners on second and third. A walk loaded the bases but Jake Marisnick struck out and Zack McKinstry lined out to center field ending any threat of a score.
The two teams finish the series on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. in Philadelphia.