How Was The Game? (September 23, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Nearly disastrous.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3

It took a while for the Tigers offense to gather their first three runs today after a nasty stretch of silent bats, but David Price (33 GS, 241 IP, 3.36 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 5.9 fWAR) was the story of this game. After a few less than stellar starts in his two months in Detroit, Price made his final or second to last start this year count. He nearly went the distance, allowing 8 hits, three runs, no walks, and 8 strikeouts while pretty much cruising from start to almost finish, as he surrendered three 9th inning runs. He’s met the bullpen and the manager and figured he’d make this one easy on all of us and nearly did the trick. His late inning issues forced the Tigers to play out the 9th and a hit, walk, and hit before there was an out. Cabrera saved the day.The Royals did their thing too, so the win sets the magic number at 5 with 5 to play, although the are all but assured a spot in the play-in game if the division doesn’t pan out. Justin Verlander (31 GS, 198 IP, 4.68 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 3.0 fWAR) will make his final start of a forgettable season on Wednesday.

The Moment: Cabrera finishes off the 9th inning rally to avoid utter despair.

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