How Was The Game? (April 19, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

The catching of a white whale.

Tigers 5, Angels 2

They did it. The Tigers beat the Angels. After ten straight losses dating back to 2012, Max Scherzer (4 GS, 27 IP, 2.33 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 fWAR) led them out of the darkness with seven strong innings of work in which he allowed one run on a leadoff bomb and then allowed just four additional baserunners to go along with nine strikeouts. Three of those came against Mike Trout, who struck out three times against the same pitcher in one game for just the second time in his career. The Tigers scored on two sac flies, a Castellanos two run homer, and a VMart bomb and Joba turned in a dominant 8th inning to set up the win. With the series on the line, the Tigers will send Rick Porcello (2 GS, 13 IP, 4.15 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 0.3 fWAR) to the mound hoping that he has cured whatever allergic reaction he’s been having to the Halos over the last twelve months.

The Moment: Castellanos turns on one to put the Tigers ahead for good.

Bonus Moment: Bryan Holaday had an infield single and a bunt single today.


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