Tigers Lose to Royals, Fister Pitches in Rehab Stint
The Detroit Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals yesterday afternoon 3-2.
The Tigers got another quality start out of Justin Verlander. Verlander is now 2-1 on the season and has no decisions in the other three games he has started. According to the Detroit Free Press, Verlander lowered his ERAfrom 2.41 to 2.38. In his first six starts last season, Verlander had an ERA of 3.64.
The Tigers managed just five hits in the game and their 3,4,5 hitters – Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Ryan Rayburn – didn’t have a hit. Up until the bottom of the eighth it was 2-0 Kansas City. Brennan Boesch tied the game with a two-run homerun with Austin Jackson on base. Reliever Joaquin Benoit gave up the winning run in the top of the ninth when Michigan native Chris Getz hit a single that scored Mike Moustakas.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Doug Fister pitched in his first rehab start in Toledo. Fister, who has been out almost a month, pitched five innings, striking out four. According to the Freep, Fister looked good while he worked quickly and efficiently, with a mix of off-speed pitches. His fast ball topped out at 89 m.p.h. The Tigers hope to have their No. 2 pitcher back at the beginning of next week.