Originally written June 10, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
One of these days, the Detroit Tigers are going to score double-digit runs when Doug Fister is pitching. Fister certainly deserves it. But that night was not Monday night in Kansas City. It looked somewhat promising when Miguel Cabrera hit his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the third inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. They were the first runs the Tigers had scored for Fister since May 25. "I hung two but he only hit one of them out," Jeremy Guthrie said on the postgame show. "He's swinging the bat well. I made a bad mistake and he didn't miss it." Unfortunately for Fister and the Tigers, that did not last long at all. The Royals came right back in their half of the third to score three runs, two on a triple by Salvador Perez and the winning run on Lorenzo Cain's single to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta fielded the ball cleanly but the speedy Cain beat the throw to first. "They put two runs on the board for me and I couldn't keep it," Fister told FOX Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson on the postgame show. "I've got to do a better job of keeping them from scoring." Manager Jim Leyland said he was ready to send Fister back out for the ninth had the Tigers managed to re-take the lead. "He was good. He did a terrific job, pitched a complete game, as many as you can pitch on the road if you're behind," Leyland told Thomspon. "Saved the bullpen, did a good job, minimized his pitches pretty good -- 103." "We didn't muster many opportunities. Had a couple but we probably hit too many balls in the air, but that happens. A lot of times we hit them in the air, they go pretty far, so you can't complain about that." Neither team was able to score after the third inning. Fister's teammates felt like they could have done more to help him out. "This game is a crazy game," Torii Hunter told Thompson. "He went out there eight innings and didn't give up. I definitely commend him for that. I wish we could get him more runs. Great guy, great effort. Offense sucks." Fister has a 2.69 ERA in his last four starts and three losses to show for it. "Bad luck," catcher Alex Avila told Thompson. "There always seems like there's a pitcher on a team that kind of gets the short end of the stick for a few starts in a row. You hate to see it happen, especially when he's pitching really well as he has been. It's not like we're not trying. But he's pitched great. It makes it tough. You feel for him, for sure." Fister, who fell to 5-4, now has a 3.28 ERA. If he continues to pitch the way he has, things will turn around for him. "Man, I feel so bad for him," Hunter said. "He's been pitching his butt off and we just can't get a win for him right now. But he keeps going out there and eventually we're going to get something going for him."
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