Tigers suffer Seattle setback, look to get going at home
JUN 01, 2014 7:14p ET
The only way to describe the Tigers' performance in Sunday's game in Seattle is "meh."
When a 25-year-old rookie who spent last season in Double-A pitches a complete game shutout against you, there's not much more to say.
Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias allowed just three hits and struck out eight in the Mariners' 4-0 win over the Tigers (31-22).
Torii Hunter, Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday were the only ones with hits and only one baserunner got past first base all game.
"Elias pitched well for Seattle," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told FOX Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson on the post-game show. "I thought we were flat. We were a little flat (Saturday) night offensively but we hit a few balls well that ended up getting caught, kind of hurt us.
"(Sunday) was the flattest we've been all year, for sure."
The loss meant the Tigers ended up 3-4 on their west coast road trip.
"It was disappointing," Ausmus said. "You come here into Seattle after splitting in Oakland and you hope to take the series, maybe win two out of three. We end up losing two out of three and it's a losing trip as opposed to a winning trip so not real excited about that."
Sunday's game marked the end of a stretch of playing 16 of 20 games on the road. They went 10-10 in that span.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer (6-2, 3.20) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
"They did a good job of grinding me, they did a good job of hitting some pitches that were up," Scherzer told Thompson. "They capitalized on some off-speed mistakes, pitches I left in the zone. I tip my cap to them but as frustrating as this start is, you also gotta appreciate I didn't walk anybody.
"If I don't walk anybody and keep doing that and keep pitching like that, eventually I'm going to get results. You always want to beat yourself up over a result but sometimes you gotta look at the process. Whenever you're not walking people, that's always a good sign."
Last season Scherzer was the beneficiary of 5.59 runs of support, good for third in baseball.
“(Sunday) was the flattest we've been all year, for sure.”
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was pleased with his team's approach against Scherzer.
"We grinded our at-bats out against a great pitcher who's a Cy Young Award winner," McClendon said. "We did a nice job of really, really making him work. He's great. I've seen it first-hand. We were fortunate enough to take advantage of a couple things."
The Tigers might have a case of road weariness but will get an off-day Monday before beginning a stretch of 13 of 17 games at Comerica Park.
"One-hundred sixty-two games, we're going to have some bad games," Scherzer said. "This is one of them. But we're good enough, we're talented enough to know that we're not defined by this game. We know how good we are. We know that we can shake things around. It has to start when we go back home. We gotta start winning series, that's as simple as it gets.
"When you start ignoring the future and just focus on the present and realize that as soon as we start winning series, we're going to be a great ball club, that's when we really take off."