Tigers 14, Dodgers 5
I adopted a dog in December, so during the 2014 baseball season I’ve occasionally missed watching the beginning of a game because the pup takes his evening way between dinner and the first pitch. Today was one of those days. Like, I have a cell phone and everything, so it’s not like I can’t follow the game, I just can’t watch on my TV. By the time I got to my couch, it was 3-0 Dodgers.By the time I sat on my couch, it was 5-0. That’s not good because Justin Verlander (19 GS, 122.2 IP, 4.84 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 1.7 fWAR) was pitching and we’re trying to get him going. He gave up five runs before I basically did anything! And then, miraculously, the Tigers jumped all over Ryu. They got all five back in the 2nd. Then they got two in the 4th. Then four in the 4th! Then one in the 5th! And two in the 7th! All the while, Verlander didn’t even allow a baserunner for a long time after that first inning and didn’t surrender another run. Even the bullpen didn’t allow a run over three innings. There’s quite a bit you could say (Cabrera tripled!!!!), but I think this might say it all.
Max Scherzer (18 GS, 119.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 3.0 fWAR) faces Greinke for the sweep on Wednesday
The Moment: The Tigers rally back for five in the 2nd to erase Verlander’s clunker.