After only seeing every other game in this series, I’m glad I got to see a win. Rick Porcello pitched very, very well. Actually the pitching staff as a whole did a good job holding down the Blue Jays’ offense, with the exception of Alfredo Figaro. Even Jose Valverde didn’t pitch as badly as his final line indicated. Sure, he hung a splitter that got clobbered for a three-run homer, but the two hits that preceded it consisted of an Astroturf-aided infield single and a broken bat bloop (the hit that followed the home run was also a bloop). Sometimes the box score doesn’t tell the whole story (a lot of times, actually).
Runners in scoring position weren’t exactly a problem in this game. Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double in the first inning and then they scored a bunch of runs late. Ryan Raburn led the way with two home runs and four RBIs. Casper Wells also had a big day with three RBIs including a big two-run double with the bases loaded to blow the game open a bit. Brandon Inge homered as well, which is what led to the strange-looking picture I posted for today.
The Tigers are off today, but tomorrow the road trip shifts to