After starting with five strikeouts, Jake Peavy’s (L, 7-7, 7IP 8H 4ER 0BB 7K) third inning saw a series of throws that looked like they got away to his left. The fourth of these grazed speedster Quintin Berry’s jersey for a HBP with two out, extending the inning just enough to bring Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to the plate. The resulting inevitable hits included Prince’s single tying the game at 2, then a Delmon Young double into the gap moving the Tigers up 3-2. The Sox never recovered.
Uncharacteristically short a step in right field was Alex Rios, covering the vast reaches of Comerica with effort but not customary results, coming up short twice and reminding the world you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Or until it’s shaking off jet lag from Boston.
It’s tough to tell if the Sox offensive shutdown is chronic or if Verlander’s (W, 11-5, 2.42, 8IP 4H 2ER 6K 2BB) ten dozen nasty, nasty baseballs simply tacked on one more night of brownout. But with AL Central first place on the line tomorrow, (Sale vs. Porcello) the (Insane) clown (Posse) question will be definitively answered.