Ausmus 'a little' concerned about homers vs. Sanchez
Detroit – Anibal Sanchez gave up home runs Nos. 10 and 11 on Sunday. He gave up just four all season last year.
"It's a little bit of a concern now," manager Brad Ausmus said after the Tigers' 10-8 loss to the Astros.
It's also a little befuddling. Both home runs Sunday – to Evan Gattis and Preston Tucker – were on what Sanchez and catcher Bryan Holaday agreed were good pitches.
"If you can see the replay, both of the pitches were down this time, really down especially on Gattis," Sanchez said. "The other one was a little bit down, but it was in the middle of the zone. They both put good swings on the ball. I'm not concerned about it."
Gattis hit a slider out of the strike zone. Tucker hit a change-up.
"I am healthy," Sanchez said. "I am able to continue to work and I am going to keep working hard. I never fall down. I've come through a lot of things in my career and this year. I am going to keep working hard."
Miguel Cabrera, with a double and a homer, extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is hitting .413 with three doubles and five home runs in that span. He's also knocked in 11 runs, which is exceptional considering that 10 times over the last eight games he's come to bat with two outs and nobody on base.
Cabrera's homer gave him 263 as a Tiger, moving past Willie Horton and into fourth place among the franchise's career leaders.
... The Astros scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings, which has been their MO this season. They lead the majors with 81 runs from the seventh inning on.
... Ian Kinsler is hitless over his last 16 at-bats and was 1 for 17 in the four game series. "Guys are going to go through slumps," Ausmus said. "He has been consistent up until this point. He's in a little bit of a funk, but he'll be fine."