I don’t know what’s wrong with Tommy Hanson. I don’t know that there is anything wrong with Tommy Hanson. He gave up six runs (one “unearned” after his own error) in 3 2/3 today, on eight hits — but the hits were all singles, mostly just grounders through holes, plus a fly ball that Melky should have caught. He walked two, and one of those probably should have been a strikeout, but you live by the bad call, die by the bad call, I guess. The catastrophe inning today was the fourth, when he allowed five runs. I would say that it’s bad luck, but it keeps happening. He is having trouble locating his breaking pitches, and they’re sitting fastball.
The Braves might have still had a chance, scoring pairs of runs in the fourth and the fifth, but each time it was followed by the Tigers answering with two runs of their own off of Christhian Martinez. The Lisp had been pretty good in these situations before, but not today. Chavez did a pretty good job behind him, and O’Flaherty pitched the ninth.