Tigers 2, Angels 1
Rick Porcello (3 GS, 20 IP, 3.15 ERA, 2,98 FIP, 0.5 fWAR) was mostly the story in this one. After two straight bad/unlucky disaster outings against the Angels in 2013, he came out and delivered a knockout blow of his own across seven innings. He allowed a run in the first on three hits (one of them a bunt single), but then allowed just two hits and a walk over the final six as he induced ground ball after ground ball, including a couple of broken bats against Trout and Pujols in the middle innings. The other story of the game was the Angels inability to throw the baseball. In the first, Kinsler scored from first on a walk and three throwing errors. You read that right and it isn’t a typo. They scored the winning run courtesy of a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that set up an RBI single, so pretty much the entire game came down to four throwing errors by a major league team. The series win lifts the Tigers to 9-6 on the year ahead of a four game set with the White Sox. Anibal Sanchez (3 GS, 14 IP, 3.21 ERA, 2.36 FIP, 0.4 fWAR) will get the ball in game one.
The Moment: Kinsler scores on a walk-error-error-error combo.