How Was The Game? (April 12, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

One for the ages. 

Tigers 6, Padres 2

Justin Verlander (3 GS, 21 IP, 2.57 ERA, 2.83 FIP, 0.6 fWAR) pitched well, sure, but that isn’t why Saturday’s game was memorable. Oh no, Saturday’s game will go down in Tigers lore as the day Verlander finally got his first major league hit. And his second. The veteran ace obviously doesn’t get a whole lot of chances to come to the plate, but he was 0-26 in 35 tries. That’s even pretty awful for an AL pitcher. Verlander broke through with two singles, and a run scored to help his cause and sent the Tigers to 6-3 on the year with a chance to take the series on Sunday behind Max Scherzer (2 GS, 15 IP, 1.20 ERA, 2.48 FIP, 0.4 fWAR). Davis, Kinsler, Hunter, and Jackson also contributed to the win, but I mean, come on, Verlander actually got a hit.

The Moment: Verlander earns his first (and second) career hits.

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