Rick Porcello pitched good enough to win today's game, but didn't get much help from the Tiger hitters or the Detroit bullpen. When it was over, Seattle beat the Tigers 7-3. Porcello had blanked the Mariners until the 5th inning
The Tigers beat up on the Seattle Mariners tonight 8-1 after the Yankees beat Cleveland today 4-0. The win by Detroit, coupled with another Cleveland loss puts the Tigers and Indians in a tie for first place in the American League Central Division.
The Tigers got all of their runs on one swing of the bat by Victor Martinez. That was good enough to hold a 2-1 lead for a while. The Mariners reached the seats one more time than the Tigers did and beat Detroit 3-2.
Justin Verlander was dominant tonight. He pitched 8 innings, struck out 10, and the only run Seattle scored came on a wild pitch in the 5th inning. The Tigers also decided to do all of their damage in the 5th
Don Kelly gave the Tigers an early lead with a solo homer in the first inning. His throwing error on a bases-loaded play at the plate in the 4th allowed the Texas Rangers to open up a 4-1 lead and they never looked back.
The pitching for Detroit was better, and the Tigers topped the previous night's season-high hit total by two. All of this adds up to another Tiger victory, this time by an 8-1 score. Starter Rick Porcello held the heavy-hitting Ranger lineup to just one run in six innings to rack up his sixth win of the season.
The Seattle Mariners were one of the weakest hitting teams in baseball. Until they came to Detroit, that is. After thumping the Tigers 7-3 Tuesday, Seattle Smoaked the Motor City Kitties 10-1 tonight. Justin Verlander gave up a 3-run homer to
Detroit's Phil Coke is Seattle's favorite pitcher. The Mariners have only scored 85 runs so far this season, 13 have come in 2 games when they faced the Tigers and Coke was pitching. To make matters worse, the Tigers haven't beaten Mariner starter Felix Hernandez in quite some time.
Brad Penny got his first win as a Detroit Tiger today, pitching 7 innings and only giving up one hit to the White Sox. The one hit was controversial as Chicago's Brent Morel reached in the sixth inning on a hard hit ball down the 3rd base line that was gloved by Brandon Inge. Inge's throw pulled first baseman Miguel Cabrera off the base and the official scorer ruled it was a hit.
It's the first time the Tigers have won a road series this season. After a terrible beating at the hands of the weak-hitting Seattle Mariners last night, the Tigers rode the suddenly good pitching of Rick Porcello to beat the M's 3-2 this afternoon.