The Tigers rallied back several times but in the end were unable to overcome their own mistakes in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
- Eugenio Suarez homered again! He joins an elite group of Tigers who hit two homers in their first four Major League games. And by elite, I mean Brent Clevlen, Robert Fick, Gabe Alvarez, Dan Meyer, and Purnal Gordy. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT, EUGENIO. (That info comes from the @DetroitTigersPR account.
- The bullpen actually did their job tonight: 3 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks (both of which were issued by Ian Krol, one of them intentional), no runs allowed. Not really pretty, but effective.
- Miggy and Victor homered. Both were no doubters.
- J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila also had two hits.
- Pitching and defense, really. The Tigers made three errors leading to an unearned run, and that doesn’t include a first inning mistake by J.D. Martinez in which he dove for what should have been a single and missed the ball, thus playing it into a triple. Naturally, that run would score.
- Rick Porcello was plenty culpable too. Virtually every time the Tigers came back, Porcello gave the runs back in the very next half inning. After his team tied the game in the fifth, Porcello gave up three runs, two of them on a Jose Abreu homer. Yes, Abreu tends to homer a lot, but Porcello threw him a meatball and he did not miss it. The Tigers again got to within one on Martinez’s homer in the sixth, but Porcello was allowed to start the inning and made a throwing error on what already would have been a bunt single. The runner made it to second and eventually scored, and that sixth run ended up being the difference in the ballgame. In total, Porcello gave up nine hits and five earned runs in five innings. He didn’t get a ton of help from his defense, but he wasn’t very good in his own right either.
- As previously mentioned, Martinez made a key mistake in left field and generally looked hopeless out there all night.
- The Tigers entered the ninth down 6-4, and consecutive misplays led to consecutive doubles and made it 6-5 with the tying run – pinch-runner Rajai Davis – at second and nobody out. Suarez’s deep flyout to center moved Davis to third with one out, meaning all Ian Kinsler needed was a sac fly off Ronald Belisario to tie the game. Kinsler struck out looking on a borderline 1-2 pitch, and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter grounded out to end it. Belisario’s fastball has serious swingback and it may have caught the corner, but home plate umpire Jeff Nelson had been having trouble with high pitches all night, and with that in mind, it was far too close to take. Kinsler should have at least been trying to protect, or even flip the fastball away into right field to try and get himself an RBI.
The Tigers will look to put this one behind them tomorrow as Justin Verlander, who has allegedly turned the corner, against a suddenly resurgent John Danks.