How Was The Game? (July 4, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A great one all-around.

Tigers 11, Jays 1

After losing the last two in Tampa and the first one in Toronto, many fans started to stir with consternation, but the Tigers have since railroaded the Jays in three straight nights with the series finale placed in the capable hands of Justin Verlander (9-5, 112 P, 3.54 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 3.0 WAR), who retired the first 11 he faced and went 7 scoreless innings in which he allowed just 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5. It was vintage Verlander for the first time in a few weeks as he cruised to victory in dominating fashion. The offense gave him plenty of room too, as they grabbed 2 in the 1st, 2 in 3rd, 3 in the 6th, 2 in the 8th, and 2 in the 9th thanks to standout games from Jackson, Hunter, Fielder, and Kelly. It was an excellent series win for the Tigers who move back to 46-38 with a four game set against the second place Indians at Progressive Field looming this weekend. They turn the ball over to Rick Porcello (4-6, 86.1 IP, 5.21 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 1.4 WAR) for game one on Friday.

The Moment: Verlander dominates for the first time in a while.

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