Rangers vs. Tigers: Derek Holland Escapes After Walking Brandon Inge, Austin Jackson

The headline gives you a pretty good headline of how the afternoon has gone for Derek Holland. He's been wild. How wild? Wild enough to walk Brandon Inge and Austin Jackson, who have both hovered around a below-average 8% walk rate for their careers. They both walked, and it wasn't as if they had to think a lot about the pitches they took.

But the headline also mentions an escape, and indeed, for the second straight inning, the Tigers left runners on base. In the second, Holland walked the bases loaded before getting Ramon Santiago to ground out to second to end the inning. While "ground out to second" seem harmless, the final out came on a force play at second that was ridiculously close. Jackson's foot was about a sheet of paper away from second when shortstop Elvis Andrus stepped on second.

So Holland hasn't allowed a run yet, but he has allowed five runners while throwing 49 pitches in two innings. This probably won't be a complete-game shutout for him. He might not make it out of the fifth inning, regardless of how he pitches for the next three innings.

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