Game Recap: Rangers' losing streak continues with 8-6 loss to Tigers

  • Joe Saunders' last pitch and Shawn Tolleson's first pitch combined to travel 795 feet on two hits from Tigers with the last name Martinez. Victor's 408-foot home run ended Saunders' evening, and a 387-foot shot from J.D. welcomed Tolleson to the contest.
  • Tolleson has now allowed nine home runs in 37.1 innings pitched this season.
  • The Tigers put 20 men on base against Joe Saunders on just 16 at-bats, good for a 1.250 slugging percentage. For perspective's sake, the MLB leader in slugging entering Wednesday's slate of games was Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki at .625. So, on Wednesday, each Detroit hitter was more than one-and-a-half times better than the hitter with the league's best power statistic.
  • Saunders' WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) was an even 3.00 Wednesday. The worst WHIP amongst qualifying pitchers in Major League Baseball is 1.59 this season.
  • Texas hadn't scored more than three runs in its last five games, but scored three in the third inning alone Wednesday. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit's starter, came into the game allowing just 2.33 runs per nine innings.
  • Only one run came home in the seventh, but the damage could've been much worse by the Rangers. Alex Rios's sac fly was a hard line drive right to the left fielder, and Carlos Pena's lineout to first base to end the inning was sharply hit. Based on balls hit hard, Detroit relievers Al Alburquerque and Phil Coke were lucky to allow just the one run.
  • Carlos Pena's home run was his first as a Big Leaguer since June 20 of 2013. He hit three home runs in his rookie season with Texas, and now has 286 homers in his career. On Wednesday's home run:

'It felt a lot like the first one [13 years ago],' Pena said.

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