Astros 4, Tigers 3
The Tigers rode a seven game winning streak into Minute Maid park and tried to squeeze out an eighth win. Justin Verlander (17 GS, 110.2 IP, 4.72 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) wasn’t MVP Verlander, but he gave the Tigers six innings of work, allowed three runs on six hits and a walk and struck out eight. Other than that, it was a typical game with many Tigers getting thrown out on the bases, weird errors, and some sort of double steal that the Astros probably practiced during study hall. In other words, not a normal baseball game in any sense of the word. The Tigers made quite a few loud outs but the Astros made enough happen to play to a draw through 9. Altuve reached base to start the 10th but a strikeout and a double play pushed us deeper into the night. It was Jason Castro who would put and end to the madness with a walk off homer in the 11th and ended the Tigers’ streak. Can’t win them all. Max Scherzer (16 GS, 104.1 IP, 3.71 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 2.3 fWAR) goes Saturday.
The Moment: Suarez scores from second on an error in the 8th.