How Was The Game? (August 10, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Not a sweep, somehow.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 5

The Tigers got bad news on Sanchez and Soria before game time, but their bats brought good news in the first inning. Five straight Tigers reached with two outs in the first to push across three runs in support of David Price (25 GS, 185.1 IP, 3.21 ERA, 3.04 FIP, 4.0 fWAR) who wasn’t as dominant as he was in his first start. Price gave the Tigers six innings plus innings of work, but after allowing two runs and leaving two more on he would wind up allowing four runs on the day while surrendering five hits and an uncharacteristic three walks. He also struck out six and pitched around getting hit with a line drive on the left leg. The bats added on in the 3rd and 4th innings to make sure they had a one run lead for Saver of the Day Joba Chamberlain, who relieved a very effective Al Alburquerque by allowing a game tying series of hits. With two on and Baustita up, the Tigers decided to walk him halfway through the at bat to get to a lefty, yet didn’t use their lefty relievers. Chamberlain K’d Francisco, but we were forced to play on.

And on we played through too much to effectively recap. Every reliever pitched. There were jams, there were rallies. There were no runs. Then it was Porcello time in the 17th inning as the entire roster short of Porcello, Verlander, and Scherzer had been expended. It felt as if it might never end, yet it felt as if it would end at any moment. In his third inning of work a botched play on a sac bunt setup a walk off hit by Bautista. Justin Verlander (24 GS, 157.2 IP, 4.57 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 2.1 fWAR) is the only one available tomorrow.

The Moment: Porcello pitches out of a jam in the 17th…wait what?

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