Well…..I can take a couple of things away from the game. One, we were able to score 3 runs off David Price, even though we have in the past, scored more off of him than that. Two, we lost in extras, which meant we didn’t get blown out. Three, our pitcher held his own against a very good Detroit offense, last night’s offensive output aside. We’ll call those the three sliver linings of an otherwise dark, gloomy cloud. At least Toronto lost as well, so we didn’t lose any ground against them, and Boston lost too…..which puts them 15 games back. Look, I understand that it’s kind of tacky to root against a team as hard as you root for one, but I hate the Red Sox. Hate, hate, HATE them. When they lose, unless it’s to a team I need them to beat, I’m happy.
Hiroki Kuroda can only work with what he gets, and while I knew getting a ton of run support off Price wasn’t going to be easy, I thought we’d be able to do better than three. It’s better than zero, though. Hiroki threw a very solid 7 innings, giving up only 3 ER on 6 H while striking out 5. Our pen did great until the end, so I can’t be too hard on Daley for giving up one bad pitch. It happens.
Our offense though….I wasn’t too impressed. Again, I knew getting runs of David Price might be hard, but when it appeared we were hitting him early, we never capitalized on it. Pitchers like that….you have to knock them out in the first three innings, or they’ll be there until the end. As it was, Price pitched into the 9th inning. Jacoby Ellsbury and Martin Prado were the big hitters last night, both going 2-5 with an RBI. Brian McCann scored our only other run, a solo shot in the 2nd.
We face Verlander tonight, so we really need to win. Not just to take the series, which is important now, but so we can keep pace with Toronto and Baltimore and not fall any further behind.