How Was The Game? (June 25, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Not particularly pretty, but effective.

Tigers 8, Rangers 6

Early on, Anibal Sanchez (13 GS, 75 IP, 2.64 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 2.1 fWAR) looked great, but his last three innings were much worse than his first three and he left having allowed four runs in 5.1 innings. There was a noticeable loss of command in the 4th inning and beyond that saw Sanchez surrender two hit batters and a home run to Carlos Pena. Thankfully, the Tigers bats stayed hot and protected Sanchez. They sent seven men to the plate in the first and scored three runs, picked up two more in the third, and then got back to back home runs from the Martinezes in the 5th to hang 7 early runs on the Rangers. Sanchez was relieved by Blaine Hardy, who was terrific, and the Tigers danced their way to their six straight win. After all that losing, things changed quickly. Rick Porcello (14 GS, 88.2 IP, 3.76 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.3 fWAR) will be asked to complete the sweep on Thursday.

The Moment: The Martinezes go back to back.

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