The Tigers made it seven consecutive wins Thursday night with a 6-0 win over the Rangers that saw Rick Porcello throw his first career complete game shutout.
- Rick Porcello got his first complete game last season, but this is the first time he went nine without allowing a run. The Rangers touched him up pretty good last month so he unquestionably enjoyed this. He gave up three hits, walked three, and struck out six. There was little hard contact against him all night. He has not given up a run since June 15 and his ERA is back down to 3.41. Not bad for a fourth starter, huh?
- If you’re a Tigers fan, Nick Martinez’s performance probably qualifies. He only lasted two and a third, walked five, and allowed six hits thanks in part to some hilariously bad outfield defense on Shin-Soo Choo’s part. Frankly, the Tigers should’ve scored more than the four runs they ended up getting off Martinez. A bases loaded walk to Torii Hunter and a pair of singles from Austin Jackson and Ian Kinsler accounted for the run scoring off Martinez. Scott Baker (the righty) took over from there and ended up hanging around for the rest of the ballgame. He gave up two runs and limited the damage fairly admirably.
- Miguel Cabrera had four hits. Kinsler, who spent the entire series tormenting his former club, had two hits, as did Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos.
- Torii Hunter and his defense are still atrocious.
Not really much here. A pretty routine victory, and Porcello was the big story. The Tigers are off to Houston where they’ll open a three game series against the suddenly competent Astros on Friday night.