Another rocky one for JV.
White Sox 7, Tigers 4
The Tigers couldn’t cash in on a sweep in Chicago today as Justin Verlander (22 GS, 137.2 IP, 3.99 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.0 WAR) struggled again, allowing 7 runs in 6 innings on 11 hits, 2 walks, and 4 K. Verlander again struggled to get both breaking balls working and couldn’t get enough sink on his fastball when he wanted to thanks to a problem with his release point that we chronicled yesterday. The Tigers didn’t go quietly, however, as they got runs on Hunter, Martinez, and Pena homeruns against Peavy but couldn’t complete the comeback despite getting the tying run to the plate in the 9th. The loss drops the Tigers to 56-45 as they head home to face the Phillies on Friday and will call on Doug Fister (20 GS, 127 IP, 3.90 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 2.6 WAR) to lead them to victory.
The Moment: Pena swats a homerun in the 8th and sprints around the bases.