Tigers 12, Phillies 4
Game 105 - Sunday Afternoon, July 28th in Detroit
Record - 49-56, 3rd Place, 11 games behind the Braves
Another Massive, Post-Vacation, Why Do I Even Bother Catch-Up, Part 2 of 8
One Sentence Summary: The Tigers rode a painfully embarrassing sixth inning in which they scored eight unearned runs, to another easy victory over the imploding Phillies.
What It Means: The Phillies dropped their eighth in a row, mercifully ending a disastrous 1-8 road trip. When the trip began, there was hope for a possible run at a play-off spot. When the trip ended, the Phillies and their fans were looking towards 2014.
What Went Wrong: With the score tied 3-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth, disaster struck. Jake Diekman, Steve Susdorf and Darin Ruf all committed errors. Luis Garcia walked home two runs before allowing a grand slam to Jhonny Peralta. When do pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater?
Featured Card: This unfortunate game was the first time the Phillies had allowed eight unearned runs in a game since May 22, 1997. Scott Rolen committed a costly error in the third inning of that game, leading to eight unearned runs off starting pitcher Curt Schilling. Ron Blazier replaced Schilling and escaped the inning. I thought this game had more of a Blazier feel to it than a Rolen or a Schilling feel.