How Was The Game? (August 20, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Rick Porcello Night in America.

Tigers 6, Rays 0

Would you believe that a massive VMart grand slam isn’t the focus of this recap? Sure you can, you’re not an idiot. You’ve been here before. We’re all about Rick Porcello (24 GS, 165.1 IP, 3.10 ERA, 3.58 FIP, 2.9 fWAR) here. Sure VMart had a day, but Porcello allowed a double to the second batter he faced and then retired 20 straight Rays pretty easily. He had them frozen and he had them pounding the ball into the turf pretty much at will. The pitch count was low and he was chasing a Maddux all night long. He gave up a hit in the 8th, but went to the 9th at 93 pitches needing a quick inning to lock in his second Maddux of the season. He didn’t get there, but he grabbed his MLB-tied-for-the-lead third shutout of the year in convincing fashion. Never in doubt. The Tigers will look to sweep as David Price (26 GS, 193.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 4.2 fWAR) returns to his old stomping grounds.

The Moment: Porcello caps off the shutout.

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