How Was The Game? (April 16, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A free pass.

Indians 3, Tigers 2

Anibal Sanchez (3 GS, 14 IP, 3.21 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 0.4 fWAR) got off to just a miserable start in this one, walking the first three batters he faced. He managed to hold the Tribe to a single run in the 1st, but then allowed a pair in the 2nd inning before settling down and firing strikes passed the Indians batters. The Tigers manufactured a run in the 1st and pushed one across in the 8th despite Torii Hunter getting behind 0-2 on a pair of awful bunt attempts and then grounding into a double play. Unfortunately, the Tigers were not able to find the equalizer in the 9th despite a one out double turned triple by Avila and dropped their season record to 6-5. For the fan of pitching, Thursday’s contest should be a real treat as Justin Verlander (3 GS, 21 IP, 2.57 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 0.6 fWAR) squares off against Danny Salazar.

The Moment: Avila doubles, takes the extra base on the bobble in the 9th.

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