The Tigers' bats have been cold for a few weeks, but they hit rock bottom on Sunday afternoon when they were held hitless by Miami's Henderson Alvarez in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins. Alvarez walked only one and one batter reached on an error, while striking out four. The loss was made worse by the ending of the game when Miami won on a walk off wild pitch. The Tigers scored only three runs in the series and go into the playoffs now after getting swept by Miami who finished the season with the second worse record in baseball.
While the Tigers' offense struggled the entire day, Justin Verlander did all he could to help his team. He tossed six shutout innings, holding the Marlins to just three hits while striking out ten. He has been sharp over his last three starts in which he has been given little to no run support. He goes into the playoffs with 13 straight shutout innings. He has struck out 22 and allowed only nine hits over his last two starts covering 12 innings.
The Marlins got very little going in the way of offense as well. They managed only six hits. The game's lone run was scored in the bottom of the ninth inning. Luke Putkonen was on the mound and he allowed back to back singles to Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Ruggiano to start the inning. That was later followed up by a walk to load the bases. With two outs Putkonen uncorked a wild pitch to score Stanton and give Miami their second straight walk off win over Detroit.
The Tigers now get ready to start the playoffs. They know their opponent will be the Oakland Athletics, but it has not yet been announced when the first game of the series will start.