How Was The Game? (August 20, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Nothing worth writing home about.

Twins 6, Tigers 3

Rick Porcello (23 GS, 135.1 IP, 4.52 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 2.5 WAR) did some good things on Tuesday, but three infield hits and two poorly timed pitches cost him 5 runs in 4.1 innings despite 6 strikeouts and only 2 walks. Those things will happen when you induce a lot of ground balls and while you don’t love the result – especially Coke’s inability to get a lefty out – the process was mostly solid for Porcello who continues to be head and shoulders about baseball’s other #5 starters. The bats were able to score on a Fielder bomb and pushed across two other runs but failed to cash in with the tying run at the plate in the 8th inning. They had another shot in the 9th, with Cabrera at the dish no less but couldn’t make it happen. The Tigers have two more chances to get to the Twins this week and will turn around and give the ball to Anibal Sanchez (21 GS, 133 IP, 2.50 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 4.5 WAR) on Wednesday.

The Moment: Prince hits one a mile.

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