White Sox 6, Tigers 5
If you like home runs, you’d probably have enjoyed this one as the Sox and Tigers hit four between them. Rick Porcello (12 GS, 75.2 IP, 4.04 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 1.1 fWAR) gave up one, a key one to Jose Abreu, during his five inning start that left something to be desired. Porcello had several good moments, but made a few mistake pitches amid a cavalcade of poor defensive plays that ultimately sunk the ship. He struck out four and walked one, but allowed six runs along the way. If you like bad defense in the outfield, this was also a game for you as they just kept making mistakes. For the Tigers’ part, Cabrera, Suarez, and VMart all went deep in this one and kept it interesting into the late innings to set up Jackson reaching on a terrible play and Avila knocking him in on a slightly misjudged play at the wall. They pulled within a run but could not complete the rally. The two clubs will spin back around on Tuesday for the second game of the series with Justin Verlander (13 GS, 86 IP, 4.19 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.5 fWAR) taking the hill.
The Moment: Martinez homers to right to bring the Tigers within one.