The Tigers fell behind early last night at Seattle, where the Mariners made it a blowout in the end, beating Detroit 13-to-3 to knot up the three game series at a game apiece. Detroit starter Phil Coke dug a sizeable hole for the Tigers in the first inning after walking the first two batters and bobbling a slow chopper to the mound for an error to load the bases.
Coke then walked in the first run with the second run scoring on a fielder’s choice followed by a 2-run single and just like that it was 4-to-0 Seattle. Coke and the rest of the Tiger pitchers issued a total of 11 walks last night. By the fourth inning, the Mariners were up 6-to-1 and they took no chances by scoring 5 more runs in the seventh.
Miguel Cabrera had two hits and RBI while Brennan Boesch had three hits for the Tigers who will send Rick Porcello to the mound this afternoon in the series finale.
Detroit yesterday placed catcher Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right groin that he aggravated Monday night in his first at-bat against the Mariners. The Tigers yesterday purchased the contract of 30-year old veteran Omir Santos from Toledo to replace Martinez on the 25-man roster. Detroit today may also recall reliever Ryan Perry from Toledo, where he’s been on a rehab assignment after going on the D-L with an eye infection April Fifth.
The White Sox, who will open a 3-game series in Detroit Friday, dropped their sixth in-a-row last night with a 2-to-1 loss at Tampa Bay while the Cubs game last night against the Padres at Wrigley Field was rained out.