A near miss.
Astros 7, Tigers 5
The Tigers entered today’s game going for the series and season sweep of the Houston Astros and came up just short. The Tigers got out in front early, but allowed the Astros back into the game and would have to settle for 6 wins against the Astros in 7 tries. The Tigers are now 22-16 as they prepare for a four game series against the Rangers this weekend in Arlington. Max Scherzer (5-0, 54.1 IP, 3.98 ERA, 2.43 FIP, 1.9 WAR) was good except for the fourth inning in which he allowed 4 runs, finishing with 7 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Avisail Garcia made his mark on the young season by powering his first major league homerun in the 2nd inning to deep left centerfield that put the Tigers on top, but Alburquerque walked the leadoff man in the 9th and Coke allowed him and another to score to put the Tigers behind 7-5. In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers loaded the bases for Miguel Cabrera who crushed a ball to the wall in deep RCF, but Barnes ran it down and made a leaping catch to end the game. The Tigers will begin the Rangers’ series in style tomorrow with Justin Verlander (4-3, 51.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 2.10 FIP, 2.1 WAR) lining up against Yu Darvish for one of the premier pitching matchups of the young season.
The Moment: Garcia hits his first ML homerun in the 2nd