--3B Miguel Cabrera hit with a runner in scoring position Monday night for the first time on Detroit's current road trip but grounded into a double play when he did so. Cabrera had a double in the eighth inning but was stranded. Pitchers have been working him aggressively, and he might be trying to carry the team on his shoulders, which is tough to do.
--1B Prince Fielder was the only Detroit starter not to get a hit Monday might -- and he was the only left-handed batter in the lineup against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana. Fielder had his first at-bat with a runner in scoring position in the four games of the Tigers' current road trip, and he grounded out to second to end the eighth inning.
--RHP Rick Porcello pitched shutout ball for five innings but threw two home run balls after an error in the sixth Monday night as Detroit dropped the first game of a crucial four-game set at Chicago against the White Sox. "It's my job to get outs and keep making pitches regardless of what happens," Porcello said. "Our guys played tough, and it's on me. You get in a tough situation, you really got to bear down and find something within to get out of those jams. I wasn't able to do that." Detroit did finally score a run for Porcello after not doing so for 24 consecutive innings. "I felt like I threw the ball pretty good," he said. "I had pretty good control of the game all the way through. They just caught me that one inning." He now has lost six straight starts.
--SS Jhonny Peralta drove in Detroit's only run with a second-inning single off the fence in left, and he unsuccessfully tried to stretch it into a double. He didn't get a hit the rest of the game, though. He's not having the kind of year on offense the Tigers were expecting, although his defense is up to the reliability standard Detroit wants.
--OF Ryan Raburn started in left field Monday night because Chicago was starting a southpaw and because he's a lifetime .300 hitter at U.S. Cellular Field. Raburn singled his second time up and walked in the eighth inning but also committed a two-base error when he dropped a routine fly ball. Chicago is scheduled to start two more lefties in the remaining three games of the series, so he may play once or twice more.
--RHP Al Alburquerque relieved RHP Rick Porcello in the sixth with one out and pitched over a two-base error by 3B Miguel Cabrera (one of three errors Detroit committed in the game). Alburquerque got out of that jam and also pitched a scoreless seventh. His fastball was again in the mid-90s, less than the 97 and 98 mph he was peaking at last year, but his slider was excellent for his second straight outing.
--LHP Phil Coke on Monday made his first appearance since Sept. 3. Coke was brought in to face a left-handed hitter, White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski, and struck him out. Coke has had problems getting left-handed hitters out recently, so manager Jim Leyland hasn't been using him much.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 -- Games in which Detroit has scored two or fewer runs of the last seven it has played. The Tigers scored seven runs in the only game of the seven they won.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We didn't get the knockout punch, which has been a little bit of a problem for us. I certainly give (White Sox LHP Jose Quintana) credit, but it wasn't like we didn't have our chances." -- Manager Jim Leyland, after Detroit lost for the sixth time in seven games and the fourth straight time at the start of a 10-game road trip.
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