Closer than it should have been.
Tigers 12, Twins 9
Let me put it this way, this one started out well. Anibal Sanchez (11 GS, 72.2 IP, 2.44 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 2.0 fWAR) was dominant until his final inning in which the Twins picked up a couple of add on runs as he tired, but the lead was already so large that it’s hard to sweat it. The offense absolutely unloaded, however, starting in the third inning with seven runs on many hits. Suarez and Martinez both homered and came one leg shy of a cycle each. Kinsler reached base four times, so did Avila and Suarez. It was an all out assault that was a long time coming for the Tigers offense that had been awfully quiet as of late. Of course, the day ended in “y,” so the bullpen melted down and ended up allowing six extra runs to force Joba to warm up in a game m that was, at one point, 11-1. The team will look to take the series on Sunday with Rick Porcello (12 GS, 75.2 IP, 4.04 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 1.0 fWAR) getting the nod.
The Moment: Tigers load up with a seven run 3rd inning.