How Was The Game? (July 11, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A throwback.

Tigers 2, Royals 1

Remember last year when every game with the Royals was super close? Tonight brought back memories. Both teams grabbed a run in the first and a Miguel Cabrera sac fly in the 3rd ended up being the difference. Anibal Sanchez (16 GS, 94.2 IP, 3.04 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 2.4 fWAR) looked a little more like himself across seven innings, allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out three and allowing just the one run. He allowed some hits, but the hard contact and weird lack of command seemed to have left him this time around. It certainly helps to play the Royals, who are afraid of the three true outcomes. The Royals had chances to nab the tying run, but they gave away a chance when Suarez turned in some great defense and another when Cain crossed over the plate and interfered with a Holaday throw to second. And of course when Joe Nathan came on. The win pushes the Tigers 6.5 up on the Royals with Rick Porcello (17 GS, 112.1 IP, 3.53 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) looking to take the series Saturday night.

The Moment: Suarez makes a run saving stab with the infield drawn in.

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