Funkhouser (7-3) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. The right-hander kept Tampa Bay off the board in the 11th inning, and Detroit won with a walkoff walk in its half of the inning. Funkhouser hasn't been very good to start September, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings across four appearances. He owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 56:33 K:BB in 60 innings overall while adding seven holds and two blown saves.
Funkhouser (6-2) allowed one run on a hit and a walk in an inning of work to take the loss Saturday against the Blue Jays in extra innings. Funkhouser entered in the 10th frame of a 2-2 game, meaning he had to deal with an inning-opening runner on second base. A one-out single by Corey Dickerson brought in Vladimir Guerrero and ultimately saddled Funkhouser with his second loss of the season. Still, the righty has been solid for the Tigers with a 2.82 ERA, and his six wins are tied with Gregory Soto for most on the team out of the bullpen.
Funkhouser (5-1) struck out the only batter he faced Tuesday night, getting credit for the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Red Sox. Funkhouser inherited a two-on, two-out situation in the fifth, but he struck out Alex Verdugo to end the Boston threat. The right-hander has now struck out at least one batter in each of his last 11 outings. After Detroit starter Wily Peralta needed 96 pitches to scrape through 4.2 innings, Funkhouser delivered just seven pitches and got the win. If only they were all this easy.
Funkhouser struck out the side on 15 pitches over his lone inning of relief in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader. Injuries continue to test the Tigers' rotation depth, but Funkhouser doesn't look as though he'll receive a look as a starter. After tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in the opener role in his final outing before the All-Star break, Funkhouser moved back into a traditional bullpen role Saturday, even though Game 1 starter Jose Urena exited after one inning with a groin issue that resulted in him moving to the injured list ahead of Game 2. Tyler Alexander, who started the second game of the twin bill, looks likely to fill Urena's future turns through the rotation, while Detroit is expected to call up Matt Manning from Triple-A Toledo to fill the fifth starter's role during the upcoming week.
Funkhouser started and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings but didn't factor into the decision Saturday in the Tigers' 9-4 loss to the Twins. He scattered two hits and a walk while striking out two in the 51-pitch outing. Due to their heavy schedule of late, the Tigers elected to deploy a six-man rotation this week, which allowed Funkhouser to pick up his second start of the season. Since Funkhouser had tossed two innings out of the bullpen two days earlier and had maxed out at 36 pitches over his previous 23 appearances on the season, his workload was predictably limited Saturday. Funkhouser doesn't look like he'll be in line for a long-term stay in the rotation, though he could be a candidate to pick up another spot start before the end of the month since the Tigers are opening their second-half schedule with six games in a five-day stretch.
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