The Detroit Tigers (57-44) had their bats silenced by Matt Shoemaker and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (62-42) in a 4-0 loss on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
Looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss in a six hit performance from the night before, the Tigers were again unable to get the bats going, and were only able to muster up four hits. Shoemaker, a Wyandotte, Michigan native and former Eastern MIchigan pitcher, picked up the win after going seven strong innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five.
Efren Navarro started the scoring for LA, when he belted his first home run of the season, a solo shot, off Tigers starter Justin Verlander (9-9). The former MVP and Cy Young winner, who continues to search for his familiar dominance in 2014, pitched seven innings in a loss for Detroit, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking three.
Verlander has surrendered one or more home runs in 10 of his last 12 starts.
Two runs in the sixth for the Angels, including another Navarro RBI on a fielder's choice and an RBI double from C.J. Cron, were enough to establish a formidable lead for the Angles that wouldn't be relinquished.
Los Angeles would add a late run in the eighth on a Howie Kendrick RBI double off Tigers reliever, Joakim Soria, who was making his first appearance in a Tigers' uniform after being traded from the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
The Tigers will wrap up the four-game series with the Angels tomorrow, with coverage beginning at 3:15 pm on AM 590 WKZO.