Live Tigers blog: Tigers snap skid, blank Halos

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler steals second past Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella during the fifth inning.

The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday, with a 3-0 win over the Angels.

Michael Fulmer (5-1) went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out eight for the Tigers (25-27). He lost his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh.

Francisco Rodriguez (15) earned the four-out save.

Trenton native, and former Eastern Michigan pitcher, Matt Shoemaker (3-6) started for the Angels (24-29). He went seven innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits while striking out eight and walking zero.

Nick Castellanos was 3-for-4, while Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all knocked in runs for the Tigers.

The Tigers return home to take on the New York Yankees tomorrow in a makeup game. First pitch is set for 7:40 p.m.

Top 9th: Tigers load bases, score 1

The Tigers loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning, and scored only once. After walks to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler, the Tigers had the bases full with only one out. J.D. Martinez hit into a would-be inning-ending double play, however Angels shortstop Gregorio Petit bobbled the ball, and everybody was safe. Miguel Cabrera (lookig) and Victor Martinez (swinging) struck out to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers are ahead 3-0.

Bottom 8th: Fulmer, K-Rod escape jam

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer finished his gem in the bottom of the eighth inning, after allowing a walk and a ground-rule double to put runners at second and third with two outs. Closer Francisco Rodriguez came in and got the third out, preserving the shutout for now. After eight innings, the Tigers lead 2-0.

Fulmer's final line: 7 2/3 IP, zero runs, two walks, eight strikeouts.

Top 8th: Tigers strand hit

The Tigers stranded another hit in the top of the eighth, this time off of Angels reliever Javy Guerra -- who was called up prior to Wednesday's game. Nick Castellanos hit an infield single with one out, but was erased on an inning-ending 4-3 double play. After seven and a half, the Tigers are holding on to a 2-0 lead.

Bottom 7th: Angels get first hit

Michael Fulmer is throwing an absolute gem. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, he allowed his first hit: A single to C.J. Cron -- who hit a 2-run walkoff home run last night for the Angels. Cron was stranded on first. Through seven innings, Fulmer has given up one hit and one walk, while striking out seven. After seven, the Tigers lead 2-0.

Top 7th: Tigers go quietly

Despite allowing a pair of runs, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker is still throwing a good game. He set the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning, including strikeouts to J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. Through seven, Shoemaker has eight strikeouts to go with 10 hits, and the Tigers are ahead 2-0.

Bottom 6th: Fulmer still dealing

Through six innings, Tigers starter Michael Fulmer has given up only a walk. He's got six strikeouts, and has thrown only 68 pitches. He's been placing his pitches well, for the most part, and really didn't start overpowering the Angels until the fifth. After six, the Tigers are ahead 2-0.

Top 6th: Tigers add to lead

The Tigers gave starter Michael Fulmer another run in the top of the sixth inning. Victor Martinez hit a ground-rule double to lead off the inning. He moved to third on a single from Nick Castellanos. After Justin Upton popped out to shortstop, Cameron Maybin hit an infield single to load the bases. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in Martinez. Jose Iglesias grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to stop the bleeding, but after five and a half the Tigers lead 2-0.

Bottom 5th: Angel bats still silent

After giving up a walk in the fourth inning, Tigers starter Michael Fulmer got back to his groove in the fifth. He set the Angels down 1-2-3, including his fourth strikeout -- of Rafael Ortega -- and after five, Fulmer and the Tigers remain ahead 1-0.

Top 5th: Tigers score first

The Tigers got on the board in the top of the fifth. After Jose Iglesias doubled with one out, he scored on a single from Ian Kinsler — who hit his first career grand slam last night. Kinsler stole second on a close throw, which was not reviewed. J.D. Martinez followed Kinsler with a strikeout, and Miguel Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, ending the half inning. After four and a half, the Tigers lead 1-0.

Bottom 4th: Fulmer issues walk, recovers

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer had one hiccup in the bottom of the fourth inning: A one-out walk of Kole Calhoun. Fulmer recovered, however, and got the next two outs -- including his second strikeout of Mike Trout, which was his third of the game. After four, the game is scoreless.

Top 4th: Tigers strand another single

For as good a game as the Tigers are having defensively, the same cannot be said for their offense against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. Nick Castellanos hit a single with one out, but was stranded as the Tiger bats remain relatively cold to start the game. After three and a half, the Tigers and Angels are tied, 0-0.

Bottom 3rd: Fulmer keeps rolling

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer has yet to skip a beat. He's set down the first nine Angels batters to start the game, while managing to keep his pitch count in check. Fulmer has thrown 26 pitches in three innings, with one strikeout. After three, the Tigers and Angels are scoreless.

Top 3rd: Tigers manage hit, nothing more

Jose Iglesias managed an infield single off of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker to start the third inning, which was all the offense the Tigers could bring to bear on the hard-throwing right-hander. The Tigers went in order after that, including a strikeout of J.D. Martinez -- the fourth of the day for Shoemaker. After two and a half innings, the game is still scoreless.

Bottom 2nd: 6 up, 6 down for Fulmer

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer picked up where the first inning left off, setting the Angels down 1-2-3 for the second straight inning. After C.J. Cron hit a screaming liner to right fielder J.D. Martinez, Fulmer got Jefry Marte (pitcher) and Rafael Ortega (second base) to hit soft ground balls for outs. After two, the Tigers and Angels are scoreless.

Top 2nd: Shoemaker sets Tigers down, 1-2-3

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker appeared to bounce back after giving up a pair of two-out singles in the top of the first inning, retiring the Tigers in order in the top of the second. After Justin Upton popped out on a towering fly ball behind the pitcher's mound, Cameron Maybin grounded out to third base and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out to end the half inning. After one and a half, the Tigers and Angels have yet to score.

Bottom 1st: Fulmer works quickly

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer (4-1) worked quickly in the bottom of the first inning, setting the Angels down 1-2-3. He got Johnny Giavotella to ground out to Nick Castellanos, before Kole Calhoun grounded to Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout struck out swinging. The Tigers are sending Justin Upton -- who homered last night -- to the plate to lead off the second, along with Cameron Maybin and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After one, the game is scoreless.

Top 1st: Tigers strand two

The Tigers, despite putting two on in the top of the first, were held off the scoreboard to start the game. Trenton native, and EMU alum, Matt Shoemaker was effective to start the inning, retiring Ian Kinsler (strikeout) and J.D. Martinez in order. He gave up two-out singles to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martine, before striking out Nick Castellanos swinging to end the threat. The Tigers and Angels are scoreless going to the bottom of the first.

How to Watch: Tigers at Angels

The Tigers try to end a four-game losing skid when they conclude their series with the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday at Angel Stadium (7:05, 97.1 FM/FSD).

The Tigers did everything to pull themselves out of their slide in Tuesday’s 11-9 loss, which included Ian Kinsler hitting his first career grand slam. Anibal Sanchez was demoted to the bullpen after another dreadful start where he gave up six earned runs – including three home runs – in three innings.

The team also purchased the contract of right-hander Bobby Parnell to replace right-handed reliever Warwick Saupold, who was placed on the 15-day DL after straining his groin on a play in Tuesday’s loss.

Speaking of the bullpen, reliever Francisco Rodriguez revealed he contracted the Zika virus during the offseason.

Trenton’s Matt Shoemaker, who has rebounded from a rough start to reclaim a starting spot in the Angels’ rotation, starts against the Tigers.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. J.D. Martinez, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH

4. Victor Martinez, 1B

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Cameron Maybin, CF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Michael Fulmer, P


1. Johnny Giavotella, 2B

2. Kole Calhoun, RF

3. Mike Trout, DH

4. C.J. Cron, 1B

5. Jefry Marte, 3B

6. Rafael Ortega, LF

7. Carlos Perez, C

8. Shane Robinson, CF

9. Gregorio Petit, SS

Matt Shoemaker, P


What: Final of a three-game series

When: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Pitching matchup:  Michael Fulmer (4-1, 3.97) vs. Matt Shoemaker (3-5, 5.96)

Local TV: FSD

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: Sirius, (Internet 849)