Tigers blanked again, losing streak at six

Tigers blanked again, losing streak at six

Detroit — The frustration is palpable. Nobody is trying to excuse it or sugar-coat it. It’s a brutal stretch, pure and simple, the worst stretch of offense in decades. They just are running out of ways to explain it. 

The Tigers were shutout for the 10th time this season, losing to the Texas Rangers 7-0 at Comerica Park. It’s one more shutout than they endured all of last year. They’ve scored one run in the last 35 innings and haven’t driven in a run with a base hit in a week.

“I try not to put it in any kind of box, like, ‘Have I seen anything like this before,'” manager AJ Hinch said. “It doesn’t matter if I’ve ever seen it before. It’s our reality. I try to stay present with what we’re dealing with and try to stay as positive as I can. 

“But it sucks.”

Detroit Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal watches in the dugout against the Texas Rangers in the first inning.

The Tigers had five hits, two by Willi Castro. Rangers starter Jon Gray allowed two runners in scoring position and struck out six in his seven innings. He got the Tigers to beat the ball into the ground consistently, eight ground ball outs.

“It’s frustrating, especially personally speaking,” said Robbie Grossman who went 0-for-3 and is 3 for 21 this month. “I can’t do anything to help the team offensively. Best thing I can do is show up tomorrow.” 

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