Saturday, April 21, 2012

Verlander Leads Tigers to a 3-2 Win; Split Double-Header

The Tigers lost the first game of a day-night double-header to the Texas Rangers 10-4. Rick Porcello pitched very bad giving up 9 runs (8 earned) in 1 inning pitched. The Tigers were lucky though that Duane Below was able to throw 6 scoreless innings in relief and saved the bullpen from being used more than it was.

The offense never had much going, but Austin Jackson hit his 3rd home run on the season and Miguel Cabrera had 3 hits including his 4th home run on the year.

The Tigers had the ultimate stopper in Justin Verlander pitching the second game of the double-header though, and Verlander didn't let anyone down.

While Verlander wasn't at his best today, he allowed only 1, unearned run in 6 innings, gave up 4 hits, had 3 walks and had 8 strikeouts. The Texas hitters drove up his pitch count though with a lot of foul balls; Verlander won his 2nd game on the season.

Octavio Dotel came in to pitch the 7th inning and according to the Tigers it was Dotel's 700th career appearance, which makes him the 93rd player in MLB history to make atleast 700 appearances.

Joaquin Benoit gave up 1 run in the 8th inning, but Jose Valverde had a scoreless 9th inning, although he did make things very interesting, and got the save.

Delmon Young got the Tigers on the board in the 4th inning with a RBI single to drive in Brennan Boesch; it was the Tigers first hit of the game. After an Alex Avila walk, Ramon Santiago hit a 2 RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. After a Don Kelly walk, Brandon Inge of course ended the inning with his trademark pop up to 2nd base. The fans at Comerica Park were very loud in voicing their displeasure.

Drew Smyly gets the start tommorow in the series finale against Colby Lewis.

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