The Tigers got it done again. I don’t know what’s more encouraging, the fact that Rick Porcello had another nice start or that the Tigers’ hitters are taking it to a pretty good Rangers pitching staff. 38 hits in two games is nothing to shake a stick at and I like the fact guys up and down the lineup are getting it done.
Four different players had three hits, two more had two hits and every Tiger in the starting lineup got at least on hit in the 8-1 in yesterday. Austin Jackson went three for six with three RBIs and Casper Wells went three for six with a pair of doubles. None of the Tigers 20 hits left the park and they left 12 men on base but fortunately the pitching was good enough to get it done.
Rick Porcello pitched six solid frames and while he struck out just two batters, one of those was pretty timely. In the bottom of the sixth, he had two runners on with two outs in what was then a 4-1 game and he punched out Nelson Cruz for the final of the inning. The win pushed his record to 6-3 and he gave up six hits and a walk. David Purcey pitched two shutout frames and then Dan Schlereth pitched a shutout ninth to close out the game.
The Indians won so the Tigers deficit in the AL Central is still a game and a half. Phil Coke returns to the lineup tonight and the Rangers throw the undefeated Alexi Ogando. We saw him way back on April 11 and he shut us out over seven innings. It’d be nice to hand this guy his first loss of the season. Then the Tigers get a much needed day off.