The Detroit Tigers suffered their first blowout loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, but lost amid the barrage of runs and frustration was a silver lining for the bullpen.
Finally, Detroit's middle relievers, which haven't seen much work during the first two weeks filled with plenty of excellent starting pitching, got in a game to see real, live batters, and the results were actually decent.
Of course managers, fans and players would love to see a seven or eight inning performance every single night, but in the major leagues, that's simply not feasible, even though the Tigers have made it look easy lately.
Saturday, Blaine Hardy took over for the beleaguered Anibal Sanchez (who gave up nine runs on his own) and pitched about as well as a man who hadn't seen time, giving up five hits, three earned runs and one walk.
After that, though, the bullpen pitchers did their jobs remarkably well in shutting down a Chicago White Sox team that was squaring the ball on the bat all day. The young Angel Nesbitt entered with runners on base and exited without giving up a run. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny fanned a pair in an inning of work, and between Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain's two innings, only two hits and one walk were allowed with one strikeout.Read more... Join the Conversation...