The Detroit Tigers received a talking to late Monday night, when Ron Gardenhire began to hear something he doesn’t like to hear Nothing.
For the first time, Gardenhire said, he yelled at the Tigers. He aired it out. Not because they can’t score runs — he knows why they can’t score — or because they’re losing — he knows why they’re losing — but because Jordan Zimmermann Jersey, for the first time this season, Gardenhire felt the Tigers wavering.
“We’re losing,” he said Wednesday morning. “We’re having a hard time here. But we’ve had one of the worst streaks I’ve been in — 11 in a row — and they kept playing, and the clubhouse was full and free and then all of a sudden, now it’s getting quiet. And I hate it and I told them we can’t do that.”
They responded the next night, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. But then they allowed seven runs the next half inning, lost again, and followed it with another shutout on Wednesday afternoo, swept by the Angels, 0 for the West Coast, losers of six straight.
It was http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/jarrod-saltalamacchia-jersey-c-15.html, Gardenhire said accurately, a “brutal” road trip.
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The Tigers were swept by the Athletics in Oakland, then the Angels in Anaheim, and scored eight runs in six games. They were shut out three times, upping their MLB leading total to 16. But it wasn’t that which drew the veteran manager’s ire the most. It was the quiet that began to seep into the dugout, and the sloppy play on display, especially on Tuesday night.
“What I can’t handle is sloppy,” he said. “That’s a donation. Just sloppy baseball. … Those are a couple things that we need to make changes in, the whole organization, the whole philosophy really has to come into play here. You have to play the game, no matter what the score is. We’re writing it all down. We’re going to have to change. This is my first time doing this with this organization and there’s going to be changes all the way up and down.”
The Tigers weren’t sloppy in Wednesday’s series finale. They just lost. 6 0 was the final. Blaine Hardy allowed five runs in five innings — including three home runs — and the offense totaled five hits. They did not so much as threaten against Angels right hander Jaime Barria. It was your run of the mill loss.
Asked for his summation of the road trip, Gardenhire said, “I think that’s pretty easy to see. We didn’t win a game. I think we scored, we were talking about eight runs total, so offensively, really tough. We pitched OK, especially in Oakland, we pitched really well. We had a couple games get away from us here but we just have a lot of guys struggling at the same time. We have a lot of younger players fighting it and you know what, we play better at home, so it will be nice to get home. … Hopefully we’ll start swinging it at home again.”
There wasn’t much the players could say, outside of what Gardenhire detailed. They’re struggling, but they’re not stupid. They’ll get through it.
Eventually, they will. When that day comes http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/james-mccann-jersey-c-14.html, who knows? There is no offensive help on the horizon, only the grind through the dog days of August which will only get tougher from here. The six games coming up against the Twins and White Sox — especially the White Sox — at Comerica Park presents a nice reprieve from the West Coast, which has frequently been rough for the Tigers.
“If we all had the answers to things like that http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/mike-aviles-jersey-c-16.html, it would be really easy,” Gardenhire said. “We’d just go do it. But you just keep putting them out there and letting them run out there. They’re going to go through ups and downs, it’s just we got a lot of people going through the downs altogether. It’s just kind of a cloud over the lineup right now.”
It wasn’t the only cloud the Tigers had to deal with. Recent wildfires in Southern California created large clouds of smoke over Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the three game series. At 4 55 p.m. local time on Wednesday afternoon, the team was able to escape those. Unfortunately, the offense doesn t seem likely to get a similar reprieve any time soon.