Porcello Shines Bright, Tigers’ Bats Show Their Might

Porcello deals, KC reels. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images Sport)

Porcello deals, KC reels. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images Sport)

Ricky threw seven strong innings of ball,
paint on the corners, heat up in the zone.
Vic swung a hot bat, getting three to fall,
while JD chipped in with two of his own
and the bullpen clamped down, silencing all.

All in all, it was a very good game,
as the Tigers stayed ahead of the pack.
The Tigers prove they’re very hard to tame
as they pounce and don’t let up their attack.

I was bored, what can I say?

Porcello was great, going seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits; he also struck out six. Victor Martinez, JD Martinez, and Alex Avila had the big hits, as they chipped in with six hits, six RBI, and only one strikeout between them. Torii Hunter and Ian Kinsler also had multi-hit games, and scored three runs.

The Tigers’ bullpen was also strong, combining with Porcello to retire eighteen straight Royals to end the game. Ian Krol threw only four pitches for a 1-2-3 inning, and Evan Reed capped the night off with a 1-2-3 outing of his own. The Tigers push their record to 15-9, and sit atop the AL Central by 3 games over the Royals and 4 games over the surprising White Sox.

bullet points are for lazy people
• Via Catherine Slonksnis, the Tigers have not only the best record in the American League (625 winning percentage), they have the second best record in baseball. Only the Milwaukee Brewers are better (.700 winning percentage).
• According to Dan Dickerson, Alex Avila has only struck out once since a three strikeout game little over a week ago.
• Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ bullpen combined to retire the last 18 batters of the game. No Royal reached base after Billy Butler’s homer in the fourth inning.
• James Shields was not Big Game James tonight, as he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. He has struggled in two of his last three starts against the Tigers, including a ten-run performance against the Tigers last September.
• Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to nine games and is hitting .410 in that span.
• Hunter is hitting .366 in the two spot this season, according to Dickerson.
• Porcello lowered his ERA from 3.96 to 3.66 with this start.
• JD Martinez’s wRC+ went from 87 to 120 after his second hit of the game.
• Porcello racked up six strikeouts, and four of the six came on swinging third strikes.
• According to spacemnkymafia, Alex Avila has the fourth highest OBP in the lineup tonight. And one of the four with a higher OBP is Don Kelly.

Drew Smyly (1-1, 3.60 ERA) goes tomorrow against emergency starter Danny Duffy (1-1, 2.16 ERA). Bruce Chen, Tiger Killer, was supposed to start but was scratched due to injury.

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