By: Kyle May
In the first of a 3 game matchup at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the Angels snuck past the Tigers 8-7. The Tigers saw 3 wild pitches come back to bite them in the narrow loss to the Angels. Both the Tigers and the Angels had dropped their previous 4 games entering tonight.
Jered Weaver earned his first road win since May 20, improving to 6-9 overall on the season. However, Weaver’s performance was not something to be proud of. He allowed 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out 1 batter and walking no batters. He gave up a 3-run homerun to James McCann in the 6th inning.
Huston Street was called upon to record the 4-out save. Street’s efforts earned him his 30th save of the year by recording the final 4 outs of the game, while allowing 2 hits in the process.
Alfredo Simon was rocked. The Angels tagged him for 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Simon also allowed 4 walks and was only able to strike out 2 batters. The big story of the game was Simon’s wild control. He allowed 3 runs off of wild pitches.
The Tigers’ bullpen threw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball to give their offense a shot at making a comeback.
Albert Pujols blasted his 34th homerun of the season, a 3-run shot in the 1st inning. This was also career homerun number 554 for “The Machine.” Erick Aybar chipped in a 3-for-4 performance as well. David Murphy went 2-for-5 in the winning effort.
Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers offense with a 3-for-5 showing, including his 25th double of the year. JD Martinez, Nick Castellanos, and James McCann all contributed 2-hit performances in the game.
INJURY REPORT: Grant Green left the game in the 4th inning due to knee discomfort. More information on Green’s status should be available soon. This injury comes right after the Angels placed Johnny Giavotella on the 15-Day DL with a personal medical condition. In other news, David Freese hit a grand slam in his rehab game with the Salt Lake Bees and a return within the next week seems very plausible.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels and Tigers will resume play on Wednesday. Hector Santiago (7-7, 2.91 ERA) will take the hill versus Justin Verlander (1-6, 3.86 ERA). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 ET.