On a chilly Wednesday night in Detroit, the Detroit Tigers were going for their third straight win to try and keep pressure on the slumping Chicago White Sox. With a win, the Tigers could take a 1/2 game lead over the White Sox in the central.
Rick Porcello took the mound on Wednesday night. Last time out against the Cleveland Indians he went only 4 2/3 innings, but gave up only one earned run.
The Tigers would give Porcello some early run support, something that he hasn’t seen in his last seven starts. But it would be given up quickly.
Porcello unraveled a bit in the top of the third when the Royals touched him up with three runs off two doubles and a single, putting the Tigers in an early hole to try and crawl out of.
As it turned out, it would be another short outing for the young 23-year-old sinker baller. After Jeff Francoeur took Porcello deep in the bottom of the fourth, manager Jim Leyland would not let him go back out there for another inning. In the postgame interview Leyland stated, “I didn’t like how the ball was coming out of his hand. He lost a couple ticks (MPH) on it…”
It would be up to the bullpen to try and lock this game down the rest of the way through.
Jeremy Guithre, who has been pitching great since putting on a Royals’ blue jersey via trade. was slated in start tonight at Comerica Park. After surrendering an early run, Guthrie settled down. That is, until the bottom of the fourth…
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers’ offense got the long ball working. With one out in the frame, Guthrie walked Jhonny Peralta. Then Alex Avila hit a deep two-run shot into the rightfield- bleachers to make it a 4-3 game. Austin Jackson homered later in the inning, just sqeeking it over the wall into the visitors bullpen.
The game would remained dead locked until the bottom of the eighth.
Delmon Young got the rally started with a one out single. Don Kelly came on and pinch-ran for Young. Leyland took a risk and had the super utility man steal his second base of the year, putting him in scoring position. Andy Dirks singled and put runners on the corners, with one out or Peralta. Peralta hit into what appeared to be a routine 6-4-3 inning ending double play, but Dirks made a perfect aggresive slide, keeping Royals’ second basemen Irving Falu from completing the play as Kelly crossed the plate for the go- ahead run.
Jose Valverde came out in the top of the ninth to try and lock down the one run game. The Tigers were currently on an 11 game losing streak for 1-run games. However, Valverde sat down the Royals in order, securing the Tigers’ third straight win.
Tomorrow the Tigers play their last game at Comerica Park for the 2012 season. Doug Fister (10-9) will face off against Luis Mendoza (8-9) in the final home game of the season.
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