What once was a strength is now a weakness post all-star break so far. The bullpen can’t hold the lead for the Angels. This time it was Latroy Hawkins who couldn’t hold the lead late in the game. Of course the two errors didn’t help matters either.
The Tigers got off to a quick start when Austin Jackson reached on Erick Aybar‘s error, stole second, went to third on a groundout and came home on a groundout by Miguel Cabrera. The Angels tied it in the third with an RBI double by Torii Hunter, one of his four hits. The Tigers answered in the fourth when Ervin Santana made an error that led a run in. The Angels fought back on runs driven in by Mike Trout, Hunter and Albert Pujols in the fifth. The Tigers immediately came back with two on RBI singles by Prince Fielder and Delmon Young. The Tigers took the lead in the eighth. Quintin Berry singled and stole second and third. After an intentional walk to Fielder, Young hit a sac fly. Brennan Boesch then hit a homer to right. In the top of the eighth, Mark Trumbo hit “trumbomb” number 25 on the year. Berry gave the Tigers some insurance in the eighth with a single.
Ervin Santana gave another okay performance, giving up four runs over six innings, while only two were earned. A battle of young pitchers is set for today when Garrett Richards will take on Jacob Turner at 7:05 ET/4:05 PT