Please note that my headline is not meant to demean Rick Porcello’s performance tonight. But if any Tigers pitcher was going to throw a complete game shutout on 95 pitches with no walks and no strikeouts, it was always going to be FredFred, wasn’t it?
Anyway, the Tigers clinched a series win over Oakland with a 3-0 victory. Your bullet points:
- Like I said, Rick Porcello throwing a complete game shutout with no strikeouts is, like, maximum Rick Porcello. Rick doesn’t need his strikeouts – he put on a clinic using his sinking pitches. He induced 17 grounders, didn’t walk anyone, allowed four hits, and needed just 95 pitches to dust off the best offense in the American League. It’s his second consecutive complete game shutout. He’s thrown 25.1 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest by a Tigers starter since Jack Morris in 1986. (Jose Valverde had an equally lengthy streak back in 2010.) He wasn’t really tested all night aside from a few deep fly balls that Austin Jackson chased down. So this is what Rick Porcello’s Breakout Season looks like…
- Rick handled the pitching, but someone had to handle the offense, and J.D. Martinez stepped up. His first game of July looked a lot like most of his games in June. His double set Torii Hunter up for an RBI groundout in the fourth off of dollar starter Brad Mills, and his two-run homer in the sixth made it 3-0 and provided some cushion.
- The Tigers won without Victor Martinez again.
- Very little. The most nitpicking you could do is say that the offense only generated six hits, but that’s far outweighed by the positives.
The Tigers can sweep tomorrow! It should be a nice litmus test for Justin Verlander, who’s been pretty good for two starts in a row now. He’ll be opposed by Jesse Chavez. It’s an afternoon game.