By Pete Zarustica
One of the main goals of baseball is to get the other team’s members out. It doesn’t help much if members of your team get thrown out, literally. The Detroit Tigers had two players, their field manager and pitching coach all ejected during Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the Motor City.
Mostly disputing ball-and-strike calls, players Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, manager Brad Ausmus and coach Wally Joyner – a former Angel, remember him? – were given the thumb.
The Angels prevailed thanks to good pitching by Brad Oberholzter and Jhoulys Chacin. Kaleb Cowart struck the key blow for the Halos, a two-run home run in the three-run third inning. It was his second career home run. C.J Cron had the other RBI.
Oberholzter worked three innings are starter, giving up three hits and one run. Chacin (5-8) worked the next four, giving up three hits and no runs. He struck out five batters and walked one.
The Tigers scored on a home run in the first by Ian Kinsler and then again in the eighth on a ground out by Andrew Romine which brought in Miguel Cabrera.
The win was the Angels third in four games and improved their record to 55-74, still fifth in the American League West. For Detroit (69-60), the defeat snapped a five-game winning streak.
Sunday’s game will see the Angels sent Tyler Skaggs (1-2) to the mound, while Anibal Sanchez (7-12) will start for the Tigers.
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