No more "Maroth-ul", Mike Maroth won for the first time this season as his Tigers beat the White Sox, 3-2. He was only four behind the Mets' Anthony Young and the Twins' Terry Felton for the longest losing streak to start a season. Don't worry though, he is still on course to lose 30 (actually 4-32). He would be the first since Jim Hughey in 1899 to do so.
Maroth went seven and allowed two runs, both earned, three hits, and two walks. It is easily his best outing of the year. Though he has already lost 3-1 twice (once was opening day; 2 earned runs in seven innings), 4-2 (April 10; again two runs in seven innings), and 4-3 (one unearned run).
The Tigers did what they could to lose this game for him as well. They did not score until the fifth and committed two errors. However, Chicago's Joe Crede threw the ball away and allowed the eventual winning to get to second.
The win broke a seven-game losing streak for the Tabbies and was their eleventh win on the season. Their .239 winning percentage projects to just under 39 wins for the season, one less than the expansion Mets' "modern" record low in wins.
Mark June 3 on your calendar. That's when the two worst teams in baseball the Tigers and the Padres square off. Hopefully Maroth willl get another win out of the interleague tripe.