After being stuck in a tie with the Royals for over a week, the Tigers moved into sole possession of first place last night behind a solid outing by Rick Porcello. The rookie picked up his team high fourth win with six solid frames. He was limited to 86 pitches, but when he came out, the Tigers had a 6-1 lead. He gave up just one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Bobby Seay didn’t melt down but he needed to get just one batter out before yielding to the Joel Zumaya (1 2/3 innings without a hit or walk) and Fernando Rodney (one inning, one strikeout).
Ryan Raburn drove in his eighth run in the past two games. In those two contests, he’s nearly doubled his OPS (from .335 to .665) and he’s hit both of two homers this season. Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs and Placido Polanco went three for five with two runs.
Listed attendance was 33,000 and while I didn’t get to see any of last nights game, the game on Friday, despite the 26,000 listed attendance. I went on to check what I could find for todays game if I wanted to and I could have gotten a block of four in the lower deck club seats and if I wanted to just go with my son, I could have gotten eleventh row behind the Tigers dugout. Sunday’s games are usually well attended too so having those kind of seats available is a little worrisome. Still, if the Tigers keep winning (or at least stay in contention, which in the Central is .500), people should start coming out.
Kiss Me Deadly hd Armando Galarraga pitches this afternoon as the Tigers go for the sweep. Also worth noting is that Jeremy Bonderman made a rehab start yesterday with the White Caps as he pitched seven innings and ninety pitches for the Whitecaps.