How Was The Game? (June 20, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Awesome, if you missed the bottom of the 8th.

Tigers 5, Indians 4

The Tigers’ skid started in mid May in Cleveland and they came into town determined to undo the curse. Rick Porcello (14 GS, 88.2 IP, 3.76 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.4 fWAR) did his thing, tossing six shutout innings without much drama and the Martinezes did their thing, each turning in a home run of the 2 and 3 run varieties, respectively. The Tigers got a nice set of double plays started by Kinsler and Cabrera to get out of some innings and then they handed the keys over to the bullpen. Alburquerque did his thing and Krol got exposed against righties in a big way, surrendering four runs on two bombs in the 8th before Joba bailed him out. The 5-0 lead faded to 5-4, but Kinsler punched one up the gap to tack one on. Nathan allowed a baserunner but closed the door thanks to a better release point and through it better stuff. (Below, there’s a GIF of the adjustment from yesterday.) The win is their second in a row and puts a series win in view tomorrow with Justin Verlander (15 GS, 97.2 IP, 4.98 ERA, 4.09 ERA, 1.4 fWAR) trying to get back in the game.

The Moment: VMart smashes a two run home run to put the Tigers ahead early.

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