Drew Smyly made his second career start last night and this was a good one. He gave up seven hits and just one walk with four four strikeouts but he needed 101 pitches to get through six innings. What was most impressive was he seemed to keep the ball down and had 13 ground ball outs to just four fly ball outs. He also had the help of one double play and he picked Jason Bourgeois off of first base.
Just in looking at the pitch log, he was mixing his four seamer, slider and cutter into a lot of the at bats early on but he got away from the slider and was mostly throwing fast balls. Then around the fourth inning he went back to mixing it up. Then by the later innings, he went away from the cutter. Not sure if just wasn’t feeling those other pitches or if there was a method to it all.
The bullpen threw three shutout innings and that was nice to see. You never like to see the ninth inning walks but you’re going to get that with Valverde on the mound. It was also nice to see Miguel Cabrera get back on track although Austin Jackson struck out three times. That’s his first three strikeout game of the season after having nine last year.
The Tigers go for the sweep tonight and hopefully Max Scherzer can get back on track. Also, you’re running out of time to vote Jonnie Rae Cude into the next round of the 2012 WRIF Rock Girl contest so be sure to click on the link and help her out.