Thoughts on game 10 of 162

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando pitched seven scoreless innings, limiting the Tigers to two hits on Monday (AP).

For the second time in the past three days, the Tigers wasted a solid outing by a starting pitcher with its inability to put together anything offensively. On Monday afternoon, Justin Verlander put together another outstanding start but the offense wasn’t able to do anything in the setback to the Rangers, who are now 9-1. Verlander went the complete game, allowing just six hits, two runs while striking out four.

Hero: Alexi Ogando

In his second career start, the former outfielder who was turned into a pitcher by the Rangers, shut down the Detroit bats. He allowed just two hits and struck out four while pitching seven scoreless innings. Ogando’s start follows an outing in which he limited the Mariners to two hits in six innings. The only Tiger to get a hit off Ogando was Miguel Cabrera.

Key points: The Tigers had a chance to get something going in the fourth after Brennan Boesch drew a leadoff walk and Cabrera followed with a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Victor Martinez then hit a linedrive that Elvis Andrus retreated back to the shallow outfield to catch. He then doubled off Cabrera, who apparently thought the ball would drop in, to end that threat. Martinez also grounded out to end the game against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz with runners on first and second.

The two-run seventh inning for the Rangers obviously was big. Michael Young and Mitch Moreland had RBI doubles to right field for the Rangers.

Slump breaker?: Austin Jackson had the day off because he has been off to a cold start this season. However he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth and had a line drive single to right field. The hit boosted Jackson’s average from .184 to .205. Besides he and Cabrera, Ryan Raburn had the only other hit for the Tigers on Monday.

Santiago time: We have yet to see much of Ramon Santiago this season but perhaps we should. Rhymes filled in in the leadoff spot today for Jackson and went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .182. With him and Jackson getting off to slow starts, that is a good reason to why the Tigers have been sputtering offensively. Santiago has made two starts this season and is 2 for 9 with a double and an RBI.

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