Rapid Reaction: Tigers 5, Rangers 0
July, 14, 2013
By Chuck Pleiness | Special to ESPNDallas.com
DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers will head into the All-Star break in second place in the AL West after their 5-0 loss Sunday to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The Rangers wrapped up their seven-game road trip with a 3-4 record. It's just the fifth time this season Texas has been shut out.
Close to a no-no: Mitch Moreland broke up Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander’s bid for the third no-hitter of his career with a base hit to center field in the top of the seventh inning. Prior to that hit, the Rangers, who have had three no-hitters thrown against them -- the last of which came on April 18, 2007, by the Chicago White Sox’s Mark Buehrle -- had reached base three times on walks. Texas finished with just two hits on the day.
Long gone: Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez gave up just three hits through four innings to the Tigers. However, all three hits were solo homers by Detroit, including back-to-back shots by Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta in the fourth inning. Perez came in with a 54.00 earned run average lifetime against the Tigers. His only other appearance against Detroit came in relief last season, when he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning of work.
Career numbers: Perez did lower his ERA to 12.79 against the Tigers after the outing but did give up career highs in runs and earned runs (five), walks (three) and home runs (three). He did match his career high with four strikeouts. He wound up throwing 74 pitches, 44 for strikes, in 5.2 innings.
Solid in the pen: The Rangers’ bullpen continues to be solid of late. In 2.1 innings pitched Sunday, the relievers didn’t allow a run to the Tigers, while giving up three hits and two walks. Over the past eight games, the bullpen has given up just one run over the last 23.2 innings pitched. Teams are batting just .139 in that stretch.
Caught stealing: In attempting to swipe his 20th base of the season in the first inning, Leonys Martin was gunned down by Detroit catcher Alex Avila. It was just the second time all season a catcher has been able to nab the speedy center fielder. He has been picked off two other times by the pitcher.
For starters: The Rangers failed to score a run in the first inning Sunday, making it seven straight games they’ve gone without scoring a run in the opening frame. Add in the Tigers’ home run from Torii Hunter in their half of the inning and Texas has been outscored 46-24 in the first inning this season. The Rangers have scored in the first inning in just 16 of 95 contests. They’re 14-2 when scoring in the first inning.
Up next: The Rangers head into the All-Star break, then return to action Friday at home against Baltimore in the first of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. The game will be on TXA-21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.