Detroit’s inconsistencies and in abilities to put together complete games on a nightly basis came back to haunt them Wednesday night in Arlington.
Tigers starter Doug Fister went only 4 1/3rd innings giving up 9 runs (8 earned) on 9 hits while striking out five and walking one as the Tigers lost a slug fest to the Texas Rangers 13-9 from Arlington. Fister’s outing Wednesday kept him winless on the road this season in six starts. It also marked his second straight start in which he struggled early only this time he couldn’t recover against a high-powered Texas offense.
And if there was any thought to Fister being injured it simply didn’t seem like that was case. He still managed 96 pitches over the course of the 4 and 1/3rd innings and didn’t look uncomfortable in the process. He just looked off, very off.
Despite being down five runs on two separate occasions it still looked at times the Tigers could pull off something amazing and actually pull out a win.
The Tigers managed to put the tying run on base during a four run eighth and were an extra base hit away from getting pinch runner Danny Worth around to score. This however signaled another problem for the Tigers Wednesday as they left a total of 11 runners on base while accumulated 17 hits to Texas’ 16.
A complete comeback never happened though given Duane Below and Octavio Dotel giving up a total of four runs between them while the defense was putrid once again.
Rangers left fielder David Murphy provided plenty of offense hitting two home runs both coming off of Fister while pushing across a total of five RBIs.
Texas starter Roy Oswalt who was making his second appearance of the season was roughed up by the Tigers a team he spurned in the offseason. In six innings Oswalt gave up five runs on 13 hits while striking out six and walking two.
Quintin Berry remained a spark in the Tigers’ offense going 3 for 6 with an RBI while Jhonny Peralta who seems to be coming on as of late went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.