If you don't score runs, you can't win games.
It sounds like a simple recipe, but for some reason or another, even with the All-Star lineup that the Tigers boast, their bats just seem to go away during the most crucial times in the postseason.
Going into Game 4, the Tigers had only managed to score in two of the first 27 innings of the series.
Detroit wasted a masterful performance by Justin Verlander, who threw seven scoreless innings in Game 2, where even one run would've changed the outcome for the Tigers.
The Tigers' offensive collapse brings back sour memories from the 2012 World Series, when Detroit's hitters combined for a .159 average, scoring just six runs in four games, as they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the San Francisco Giants.
Austin Jackson had been one of the biggest disappointments of the series, going 1-for-14 leading up to his last at-bat in Game 4.
Jackson had struck out 10 times in the series including three K's in his first three at-bats on Tuesday night before stepping to the plate in the seventh inning. He faced an 0-2 count and looked like he was going to suffer his fourth strikeout of the game when he lined a broken-bat single to shallow right field to give the Tigers the lead.
When Jackson produces as the leadoff hitter, he makes the whole team go.
The Tigers came out of their offensive funk in Game 4 on Tuesday night, scoring eight runs on nine hits over eight innings. Detroit scored in three different innings and was finally able to feel good about itself at the plate and carry some confidence into Game 5.