Tigers’ Lowe on loss: It can’t get any worse

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Washington, D.C. — Mark Lowe has given up some iconic home runs in his time.

Remember David Freese’s blast in the 2011 World Series? Yeah, that came off Lowe.

So the game of baseball has provided Lowe with his share of bitter, humbling memories. But these last two games have been killers.

He gave up a winning grand slam to former Tiger Bobby Wilson on Sunday and a walk-off homer to pinch-hitter Clint Robinson Monday. He gave up four homers all of last season. He's now allowed three in two days.

“I don’t think it can get any worse than yesterday,” Lowe said. “But this is baseball and you get to play every day. Once again, the sun went down tonight so it’s going to come up again tomorrow.

“You just have to come in tomorrow with a fresh mind and try to start some kind of (positive) streak).”

Lowe was summoned in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game Monday. He struck out Danny Espinoza. Then, on a 1-0 count, he threw a fatal fastball into Robinson’s happy zone.

“I tried to go up with the fastball and left it over the plate,” he said. “It leaked back over the middle. Over the middle and up.”

Lowe, one of the best set-up relievers in the game the last two years, finds his ERA pushing 8.0 (7.71).

“Just not consistent,” he said, speaking of the team. “We’re really close. It’s games like these, if you can win you can really get rolling. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight.”

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