One bad inning by Rick Porcello cost the Tigers their ninth spring win of the season yesterday. He gave up four runs in the second frame including a three run home run and that was the difference in the Tigers 5-3 loss. Adam Wilk pitched two scoreless innings and both Brad Thomas and Ryan Perry pitched perfect innings to close out the game.
Andy Dirks went two for three with a walk as the Tigers leadoff man. Ben Guez had the only extra base hit with a double.
In the spring time, no news can be bad news because if a player sits too long, their chances of playing on Opening Day diminish. This is a problem for both Carlos Guillen and Joel Zumaya. Guillen hasn’t played yet and Zumaya is still sitting out because of soreness in his throwing elbow. Fortunately for Zumaya there’s no structural damage but still, the longer he sits, the liklier it’ll be he starts the season on the disabled list.
The Tigers play their first night game of the spring against the Marlins. Justin Verlander gets the start and it’ll be fun seeing pitchers stretch themselves out longer and longer now that we’re two weeks into the exhibition season. The Tigers have hit a road block though. After starting 5-0, they’ve gone just 3-6 since.