With a bullpen stretched to the limit, the Tigers needed a strong performance fro Justin Verlander. They didn't quite get that. JV gave up 6 runs and couldn't make it past the 6th inning. Tiger for a day Clay Rapada was force to eat it, as the Tigers really had no one that could pitch more than two innings. So Rapada stuck around for 1.2 innings and gave up three runs. Nine runs rarely will get you a win with a fully stocked Tiger line-up. It's a death sentence when the "Sunday Line-up" is thrown out there.
So the Tigers split another series. And this weekend isn't going to get any easier. They go to Tampa to take on the AL East leading Rays, while Chicago and Minnesota get the bottom two teams in the Central (KC and Cleveland Respective) to feast on. I was actually looking forward to this weekend, as Tampa is the closest the Tigers travel to Atlanta all year. But a wedding came up, and actually I'll be back in Michigan. Which is probably for the best. The way things are looking, if I had gone, I'd be front and center to watch the Tigers playoff chances die. I'll be back Monday, fingers crossed I still have a playoff chase to follow.
Tigers 4 Indians 9
W: Carmona (5-3)
L: Verlander (8-11)
W - L
55 - 53
3rd Place AL Central (6.5 GB Chicago)