By Matt Harding
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The Tigers couldn't hold their measly lead after jumping ahead in the second inning on a double by Gerald Laird. The very next inning, the Tampa Bay Rays tacked two runs on the board.
Even as we closed the Ray's lead in the eighth inning to just a single run (via an opposite field home run by Brennan Boesch), the Tigers couldn't manage to get any more, nor did they hold the one-run deficit. Instead, the Rays scored two more runs and closer Rafael Soriano held off the Tigs in the ninth, snapping their five game losing streak.
What can be done to stop the Tigers streak though? Yes, they won Sunday's ballgame. But, still, they're 6-20 since the All-Star Break. This is not at all what a team looks for, but the Tigers second halves in the past few years haven't been anything to brag about.
This year seems no different. Maybe if we pay off crew chief Tim McClelland, we'll be able to buy ourselves a win in the next two in the series against the Rays. Then again, good old-fashioned small ball would do it for us too!