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.