It wasn’t a horrible first inning for rookie Adam Wilk in his third start of the season. He allowed three hits which scored a single run, however the Tigers failed to score even though they loaded the bases. In the second inning Wilk struggled mightily though when he allowed three runs on three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. A four run start could have been survived had the Tigers answered at all in the next inning, but a Ramon Santiago single was the only thing that kept Felix Hernandez from a 1-2-3 inning. Wilk’s troubles continued and then his day ended after a Jesus Montero single and an Alex Liddi home run. He as then replaced by the recentl called up Thad Weber. Weber allowed a single and with an error by Jhonny Peralta resulted in two base runners, but Weber struck out Brendan Ryan to leave both runners on base. A Boesch home run scored the only run for the Tigers, Weber then also kept Ichiro from scoring the following inning after he reached on a single and the Tigers had a 1-2-3 inning at the plate. In the 5th inning Weber allowed back-to-back 2 out doubles by Casper Wells and Dustin Ackley putting the score at 7-1. The bottom of the inning looked promising with a Don Kelly lead off single until Austin Jackson hit into a double play and Boesch flew out to right field. In the 6th Weber allowed a double, a walk, and 2 singles to allow a run and load the bases. He was then replaced by reliever Colin Balester who walked in a run before getting out of the inning and pitched a scoreless 7th inning. He was then replaced by Duane Below who didn’t allow a base runner in his two innings of work.
While the start by Wilk and the slightly better relief by Weber were by no means good, they certainly could have looked worse if the Tigers hitters could have mustered any sort of offense to answer back to Seattle’s scoring. It is increasingly a concern that Austin Jackson has begun to go back to his tendencies from last year of striking out a bunch and rarely getting on base. Runners left on base is also a continuing and growing issue for the Tigers. There were 16 runners left on base in today’s game and are averaging over that per game at 16.38. They’re also scoring only 4.16 runs per game and are only scoring 3.1 runs per game after the opening series with Boston in which they scored 26 of their 79 total runs this season. Again, not exactly a positive trend.
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Written by Brett Decker
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