On a day which would quickly become better known for a significant trade, the Detroit Tigers did play a game as well.Joakim Soria and the offensive inconsistencies continued in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Unlike the two days before, the White Sox would take a 1-0 lead on a double by Gordon Beckham and a single by Tyler Flowers. Drew Smyly continued to labor, and the speed of Adam Eaton helped plate another run after a would-be double play failed.
Detroit responded in the bottom of the inning loading the bases and getting a pair of runs, one from Eugenio Suarez and the other from an Austin Jackson single. In the bottom of the third, the home run power returned, with Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez teeing off for the 4-3 lead. Konerko got on base again and scored on a single by Moises Sierra in the fourth though, knotting the score. Smyly was lifted after five innings of work.
Things got out of hand for Soria in the seventh as he loaded the bases and surrendered the lead run by hitting Konerko, but escaped damage by netting two strikeouts. Jackson was replaced by Rajai Davis mid inning due to the deal for David Price, as the crowd cheered.
Offensively, though they were trailing by one, the Tigers scuffled to the finish, failing to pressure Chicago's bullpen late. The White Sox iced the game with a pair of runs in the eighth off singles from Eaton and Ramirez, providing the late power in the 7-4 win.
Top Tiger: Austin Jackson. In what would turn out to be his Comerica Park finale, Jackson singled twice before exiting mid-inning due to the trade which sent Price to Detroit. All in all, it was a good day for Jackson and a great run with the Tigers. He made some fine plays in center field and had some clutch hits along the way, as well. He'll be missed in many ways.
Bungling Bengal: Joakim Soria. Again, though he escaped damage, Soria was at fault for the loss by letting things get out of hand in the seventh iniing and failing to put out the fire without a run scoring. He hit a batter and allowed the winning run to score. After the game, both Dave Dombrowski and Brad Ausmus said that Soria was throwing the ball better Thursday, but until he starts getting outs consistently, it will be hard to say that with a straight face.
The Turning Point: Soria's meltdown lets game get out of hand. The Tigers and White Sox were tied late again until Soria's messy seventh inning. Detroit's big addition hit a batter allowing a run to score.Though Joba Chamberlain gave up some runs and hits of his own, the trouble started with Soria. He was brought in to get himself and the Tigers out of these situations, but thus far, he hasn't done that consistently.
Stat Of The Game: 10, the number of runners the Tigers left on base. Once again, Detroit had the ability to break the game open, but couldn't manage to get the job done with a clutch hit or two in a key spot. That was the theme of this three game set, with the exception being Wednesday night's early outburst in the second inning. The Tigers will need to clean that up in the games ahead and cash in their runs.
Quote To Note: "I thought he threw the ball pretty well. He gave up the one hit, but all things considered, his velocicty was up and his location was better. I thought it was a pretty good outing, I liked what I saw." —Brad Ausmus. Afterwards, Ausmus wasn't willing to throw Soria under the bus, noting that his reliever did some of the fundamentals much better than his first two appearances in a Tigers' uniform.
What's Next: The Tigers prepare for interleague baseball again, as the Colorado Rockies invade Comerica Park for a three game series over the weekend.Justin Verlander (9-9) will take on Franklin Morales (5-5) at 7:08 p.m.
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