How Was The Game? (June 26, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing ToothComplete.

Tigers 6, Rangers 0

Maybe the six run attack catches your eye, or the fact that the Tigers have responded to a terrible month with seven straight wins, but the story on this night was Rick Porcello (15 GS, 97.2 IP, 3.41 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) who twirled his first career complete game shutout. He went the distance once in 2013, but allowed a run that time around. Porcello wasn’t facing an intimidating lineup, but blanking a team with several quality hitters when Sanchez and Smyly couldn’t is still worthy of admiration. Porcello surrendered three hits and three walks while striking out six and found his way out of what little trouble he was in with some timely double play balls. With just a touch of hard contact against him, the Tigers unheralded star (except here of course!) stole the show and lifted the team to their second straight road sweep. They’ll try to keep it going on Friday night against the Astros with Justin Verlander (16 GS, 104.2 IP, 4.82 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 1.5 fWAR) taking the hill.

The Moment: Porcello finishes off 8 masterful innings.

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