Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3
Anibal Sanchez (9 GS, 50.1 IP, 2.15 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) is just the best. He doesn’t have the public relations staff that Verlander or Scherzer do, but man is he fantastic. He took on one of the best offenses in baseball and twirled a no-stress 7 IP, 2H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K ballgame. He allowed two baserunners and didn’t get one past second all night long in another truly impressive performance. Unfortunately, Hutchison was equal to the task and sent this one hurdling toward the bullpens nodded at zero. Joba did his job in the 8th, but Ausmus went to Nathan in the 9th despite a short inning for the former and Nathan did Nathan things. Walk, single, pop out, single, and walk. Ausmus went to the pen again and Krol got a sac fly, which set up a three run bomb against Alburquerque to make it 5-0. The Tigers gave it a go in the 9th, scoring three on a JD Martinez long ball but they could not tie it up. It’ll be Rick Porcello (10 GS, 63.2 IP, 3.82 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 0.9 fWAR) going Wednesday looking to even the series.
The Moment: Cabrera cuts the lead runner down at 3rd to quiet a potential rally.