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June 26, 2013

What You Need to Know

Meet the Detroit Tigerrors

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Coming off of a series in which they took three of four from the Red Sox, two-plus weeks removed from a sweep of the second-place Indians, and with a 3 ½-game cushion over the sliding Tribe in the Central, the Tigers could afford a night to forget. And, boy, did they have one on Tuesday.

The first two innings of the wild, 14-8 Angels victory passed uneventfully, offering no indication of the madness to come. Mike Trout drove in J.B. Shuck with an RBI single in the top of the third, but there was nothing odd about Mike Trout driving in a run. Even less odd: Miguel Cabrera quickly countering that knock from his chief rival in the 2012 Most Valuable Player race with a two-run blast, his 21st of the season, to put the Tigers ahead after three. Hank Conger made amends for a throwing error—which was rendered irrelevant by Cabrera’s homer—with a run-scoring hit in the top of the fourth, and the game went to the fifth knotted at 2-2.

That’s when all hell broke loose for Rick Porcello and the Tigers.

Trout flied out to Torii Hunter to begin the inning, but after that, the Angels sent 10 hitters to the plate without making an unproductive out. Albert Pujols doubled. Mark Trumbo singled. Howie Kendrick singled. Josh Hamilton singled—and took second on a throwing error by Hunter (a two-hopper that catcher Bryan Holaday should have handled at the plate). Porcello intentionally walked Alberto Callaspo, and that was it for the right-hander, whose ERA has climbed from 4.37 to 5.27 as a result of consecutive clunkers.

Darin Downs relieved Porcello and fared no better. Conger drew a bases-loaded walk. Erick Aybar chipped in a sacrifice fly that marked the second out of the inning but brought home another run. Shuck singled. Trout singled. Pujols singled. And that was it for Downs.

Evan Reed entered, and his mop-up work went about as well as Downs’ cleaning efforts. Before Trumbo could end the disastrous inning with a ground out, Reed threw away a pickoff attempt, allowing Trout to cross the plate with the Angels’ eighth run in the frame. Reed later failed to touch the bag after catching a throw from Prince Fielder while covering first in the top of the sixth—but that blunder, unlike the others, did not come back to haunt the home team.

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