How Was The Game? (June 1, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A nice correction.

Tigers 10, Orioles 3

After last night’s Valverde meltdown and the offensive struggles of the last few games, Saturday adjusted the averages back to normal as the Tigers crushed the Orioles and finally won their 30th game after five tries. Justin Verlander (6/7-4, 73 IP, 3.70 ERA, 2.60 FIP, 2.5 WAR) was solid, even if he was unimpressive, over 7 innings, allowing 3 runs while striking out 5 and walking 1. But the story of the day, no doubt, was the Tigers massive 8 run 4th inning. It started with a Martinez homerun. Then a Peralta homer. Then Avila joined the party with a bomb of his own. It was at this point that Hammel put one in Tuiasosopo’s ear and was ejected from the game to the disappointment of Tigers hitters, who didn’t mind his replacement. Garcia singled. Infante doubled. Dirks walked. And then Miguel Cabrera walked to the plate and whacked a 3-2 pitch into the left field seats to complete the rally. Fielder would add a solo shot later, but it was over when Cabrera fired off the grand slam. The Tigers are now 30-24 on the year and will look to take the series Sunday behind Rick Porcello (2-2, 51 IP, 5.29 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 0.7 WAR) who will look to build on his fantastic outing last time out and continue his breakout season.

The Moment: The Tigers deliver four HR in the 4th.

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