Game 76: Rays Continue To Slide, Fall To Tigers

By David Hill

Rays starter James Shields tied a Tampa bay pitching record tonight. Unfortunately, this was not a positive.

Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson went 4-5 in the Detroit Tigers 5-2 victory over the Rays. Cabrera homered and drove in 2 runs, as Shields was pounded for 14 hits. For the game, Shields managed to get through 7.1 innings, allowing the 14 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 6 batters. Shields and first baseman Carlos Pena each committed an error.

Max Scherzer had few problems with the Rays lineup, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks in 6+ innings of work, striking out 7 batters. Jose Valverde retired the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 14th save of the season.

Brooks Conrad went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 1 run scored.

Game Notes: The 14 hits given up by Shields ties a mark held by three other Rays starters: Tanyon Sturtze (9-9-02 v. Boston), Jeremi Gonzalez (7-5-04 v Baltimore), and Edwin Jackson (9-17-07 v Los Angeles Angels).