Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tigers lose close game in ninth, 6-5

By Matt Harding
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The Tigers didn't begin the third game of the four game series very well. Justin Verlander, going after his 25th win, wasn't very "Verlanderly" to start. During just three innings, JV gave up five runs on seven hits. Even hits outs didn't look great; two balls off the bat of Adam Jones reached the warning track in the two deepest parts of the ballpark.

Verlander warms up
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The fourth inning was the first inning in which Verlander didn't give up a run. The Tigers, however, had something brewing in the fourth. They pushed across two runs, both on sacrifice flies.

The home team scored another run in the sixth and one more in the eighth on an RBI double off the bat of Jhonny Peralta. At this point, the score was knotted up at five apiece.

Verlander pitches to the O's, who had his hand tonight
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

On a wild pitch from Daniel Schlereth, Kyle Hudson went from first to third. This led to the game winning suicide squeeze from Matt Angle.

The Tigers lost 6-5. Verlander pitched seven innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.