Tigers 11, Rockies 5
There’s a reasonable case to be made that the offense was the star tonight considering that they scored in all eight innings. There’s a case to be made that Pudge Rodriguez’ return stole the show. Maybe it was even David Price’s first day in the dugout. Sorry, you’re at New English D so we’re going to talk about Rick Porcello (21 GS, 141.1 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 2.4 fWAR). Sure Cabrera, Martinez, and Martinez homered. Sure Avila had a nice night. Sure Castellanos launched a triple, but Porcello went 8 innings, struck out 10, got 16 swinging strikes, and allowed just seven baserunners and two runs. He looked like he might labor early but he locked in and punished the Rockies as the game wore on, retiring 17 of his final 19. Porcello is now pitching deeper into games than any of the four Tigers starters who aren’t Price and it’s looking like the best season of his career is in reach. Heck, he even leads the team in ERA! The Tigers will build on this and look to sweep on Sunday with Anibal Sanchez (19 GS, 113.1 IP, 3.57 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 2.9 fWAR) on the hill.
The Moment: Porcello leaves to a standing ovation after 8 marvelous innings.