Tigers Drop Opener in Miami, As Jhonny Peralta Returns From Suspension

Miguel Cabrera moved better Friday night.

Miguel Cabrera moved better Friday night.

Giancarlo Stanton provided all the offense the Marlins would need, and the Tigers couldn’t cash in on a couple opportunities against Miami’s Tom Koehler as they fell 3-2 in the first game since clinching their third consecutive AL Central title on Wednesday. José Alvarez, making the start in place of Rick Porcello, took the loss, going 2.2 IP as he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks; he struck out three. Koehler picked up the win, going 5.1 IP, allowing two runs on five hits; he walked three and struck out three.

The game plodded along until the third inning, when Miami loaded the bases against Alvarez. Leyland called on Porcello in his first bullpen action since last year’s World Series, bringing him in to face the formidable Stanton. Stanton dropped a bloop double into shallow left field to clear the bases, providing Miami with all the runs they’d need. Porcello pitched 1.1 IP in relief, allowing two hits. All three runs were charged to Alvarez, who took the loss.

The game had the look and feel of an exhibition game, as Leyland rested key players and pulled players—including Prince Fielder, whom he pulled for Don Kelly after a walk in the second inning. Miguel Cabrera was pulled after a sixth inning single in favor of Matt Tuiasosopo. Understandably, there wasn’t much of a sense of urgency, and the game felt very sleepy and kind of boring.

Jhonny Peralta had a strong showing in his first game back after his fifty game suspension. Peralta had only one hit—a sharp double—but had three hard hit outs. His play in left field left a little to be desired, particularly on the Stanton three-run double, but he was okay.

Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.64 ERA) makes his last start of the season tomorrow, as the Marlins send out Nate Eovaldi (4-6, 3.50 ERA).

Oakland is currently beating Seattle 6-2, so it looks like the Tigers will be starting the ALDS on the road in Oakland on Friday.

  • Snowman

    Yea tigers,
    Good nite tonight!!!! That rest really worked well last nite.
    Benoit comes in and gives up the tying run, rest did him well Hun?
    8 men lob!!!!!!!!!!! Come on getting beat or maybe swept to one of the worst teams in baseball is bad;( nice
    “momentum going in to play Oakland next Friday nite.
    Unless we find a Phil coke player this year they are dun!!!!!!
    This last week the tigers have played like garbage. Why?
    I will try to enjoy the game tomorow and have a few beers.

    Take care, hopefully I eat my words.

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