How Was The Game? (May 17, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Another feather in his cap.

Tigers 6, Red Sox 1

Rick Porcello (8 GS, 52.1 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 1.2 fWAR), if he were in some sort of rap battle or singing competition, would have dropped the mic when this one ended. He dominated the Red Sox and did it in style, allowing just a single run across eight innings of work in which he punched out four and walked one. He got himself into one jam in the 5th and escaped, and then barreled through the 6-7-8th innings en route to one of the most impressive outings of his career. Ausmus didn’t flinch, even, sending him out for the 8th at 100 pitches to face the top of the order a fourth time. Sure the Tigers did some things that scored runs – Cabrera homered, VMart and Avila beat the shift – but this one belongs to Rick. After it, he’s pretty clearly cemented himself as bona fide #2 starter or better, even if he is on a team of #1s. The Tigers will look to sweep on Sunday night with returning ace Anibal Sanchez (5 GS, 23 IP, 3.13 ERA, 2.43 FIP, 0.7 fWAR) on the mound.

The Moment: Porcello gets Ortiz to complete 8 masterful innings.

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