On Thursday in Detroit, they ran in to Alfredo Simon – yes, Alfredo Simon – and that was enough to render them useless.
Lewis improved to 5-1 since the All-Star break by holding Tampa Bay to one run on five hits and a pair of walks in six innings on Saturday.
Texas averaged 5.9 runs while winning six of its previous seven, but Rougned Odor’s double in the fifth was all it could muster Thursday as it dropped a fourth straight meeting.
Simon’s stinginess allowed the Tigers to stand on single runs they drew out of bases-loaded situations in the first and third innings.
With two primary starters in Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris on the disabled list, and another in Matt Boyd running short of remaining innings – and several others who aren’t quite ready to pitch in yet – the Tigers are going to need Wolf to eat innings the rest of the way.
The Tigers’ 2-0 loss to the Rangers Friday night wasn’t pretty to begin with.
Note: This is a recap from YESTERDAYS game, I will have a recap posted for today’s game later.
Simon (11-7) allowed just one hit, gave up two walks and fanned five batters during a 116-pitch performance.
Cabrera made it 3-0 in the fifth, driving in Ian Kinsler with a single, while Martinez added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He’s allowed nine runs and three homers in 6.1 innings vs. Detroit.
Texas entered play 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot; the Tigers were 4 1/2 games back.
Madison Bumgarner, Chris Archer, you name ’em, and the Rangers have hit them recently.
The Detroit Tigers are putting a dent in the Texas Rangers’ American League wild card plans while resurrecting their own. “As far as the comments, you know, what people think of me is none of my business”. This AFC West team may have some improvements in terms of personnel, but Jack Del Rio is the latest in a carousel of ever-changing mediocre coaches, and Fezzik doesn’t expect he is the guy to turn this team around.
Nick Castellanos spoke from personal experience.
If the first two games of the series are any indication, then either Gallardo, Wolf or maybe even both could deliver strong outings tonight. Most of the pitching staff gathered around a clubhouse television and yelled pitch-selection advice to Mike Fiers during the ninth inning of his no-hitter.