Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/12

If the Detroit Tigers stumble and bumble their way out of the playoffs, they can look in many directions for the reasons.

Two of the most prominent this late in the year, both linked by an inability to get big hits, are the Tigers' failure to win on the road and a dismal record in one-run games.

Detroit began a 10-game road trip with three straight losses in Anaheim to the Los Angeles Angels, the last a 3-2 decision Sunday that was the second one-run loss of the series and the eighth in a row by the Tigers.

"We only had five hits, so it was kind of the same story, not many hits and not many runs," manager Jim Leyland said. "I thought that was the best (Anibal) Sanchez has been. I thought he threw the ball better than I've seen him since he got here.

"But it was the same old story. We had a couple late shots but couldn't get the big hit."

The defeat dropped Detroit to 30-38 away from Comerica Park, including recent sweeps at Kansas City and at Anaheim.

Detroit now goes to Chicago for four games against the White Sox, who have their own problems but still lead the Tigers by two games in the AL Central.

"We just have to keep working at it and believe that the bats will come out of it and we'll score some runs in bunches one of these times," Leyland said. "We haven't been doing that; haven't been doing that well at all."

Detroit swept the Angels last month by keeping Mike Trout off the bases and holding the big hitters at bay.

The Angels returned the favor by holding Austin Jackson to two hits in three games and effectively silencing Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, who never came to bat in the series with a runner on second or third.

The Tigers have had to turn so many pages this season they should have finished "War and Peace," but they have to do so once again.

"It's no different than it would have been if we had won," Leyland said. "We're headed to Chicago. Obviously a big series. You've got to put this one behind us and get ready for Chicago.

"Two of the games we felt like we had our shot. That's what happens when you don't get a big hit; you don't win that close game. When you get that hit, you do."

Onward and upward. Unless it turns out to be onward and downward.

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