Tigers undone by (10) walks in Milwaukee

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers’ six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night at Miller Park. Detroit pitchers had a tough time throwing strikes and were defeated by the Brewers, 8-5, dropping the Tigers’ record to 17-17 on the season.
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For manager Ron Gardenhire, the game was

The Tigers’ six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night at Miller Park. Detroit pitchers had a tough time throwing strikes and were defeated by the Brewers, 8-5, dropping the Tigers’ record to 17-17 on the season.

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For manager Ron Gardenhire, the game was tough to watch. Six Tigers pitchers went to the mound, and they walked a combined 10 batters — and hit two more. Of the 10 walks, six runners scored.

It went downhill in the bottom of the seventh inning. The game was tied at 5 when Milwaukee scored the go-ahead run. Reliever Joe Jiménez couldn’t find the strike zone. He walked a batter and hit another to start the frame. Before anyone knew it, the bases were loaded for Eric Sogard to hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Justin Smoak.

The Brewers added to their lead in the next inning off reliever Buck Farmer. After Christian Yelich walked for the fourth time in the game, Jace Petersen hit a two-run homer to make it a three-run game.

Starter Spencer Turnbull couldn’t get past the fifth inning. He was given a 4-0 lead, but then the walks started piling up for him as well. He finished with five, including two back to back that set up Keston Hiura’s three-run homer in the third.

Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. He covered the Nationals/Expos from 2002-2016. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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