With the Tigers desperately hoping to showcase their 21-year-old pitching prospect against the Angels to drum up possible interest on the trade market, youngster Jacob Turner served up seven earned runs over just two innings in a complete disaster of an outing on Tuesday evening.
Turner followed up an Albert Pujols RBI single in the opening inning by yielding a three-run home run to Los Angeles outfielder Mark Trumbo, his 26th of the season. Fellow rookie Mike Trout followed suit the next inning with a stunning blast to right field that brought two more runs home, and then Pujols stepped to the plate once again against a visible-shaken Turner and smashed a breaking ball of his own into the stands.
Forced to the showers with an utterly abysmal line (2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 HR), Turner's ill-timed blow up is quite awful for the Tigers heading into the deadline. Via Fox Sports' Jon Morosi:
This is a disaster for the #Tigers. They will probably lose this game, and Jacob Turner’s trade value is plummeting.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 17, 2012