More of the same.
Tigers 3, White Sox 2 (12 innings)
The Tigers got another fantastic start, this time from Rick Porcello (20 GS, 120 IP, 4.28 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 2.1 WAR) who went 7.2 innings and allowed just 1 run on an Adam Dunn long ball in the 4th. Porcello continues to pitch well and improves his ERA and FIP to 3.45 and 3.23 since his laugher in LA on April 20th. He’s 16th in MLB in xFIP and continues to be baseball’s best 5th starter quite easily. The Tigers couldn’t get much going at the plate until the 7th inning when they pushed across two runs on an Avila double and Santiago sacrifice fly. Smyly got the final out in the 8th but surrendered the tying run in the 9th inning and Veras was called on to get three outs in the 9th to set up bonus baseball. Despite threatening in the intervening innings, it took a Cabrera PH single in the 12th and an eventual RBI single from Hunter to put this one away. The win is the Tigers’ 8th straight, completing a perfect homestand, and 12 wins in their last 13 games to push them 19 games over .500 with a four game set looming Cleveland starting Monday. The ball will be waiting for Anibal Sanchez (18 GS, 111 IP, 2.59 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 3.7 WAR) to start the series.
The Moment: Hunter singles in Tuiasosopo in the 12th.