- Final Score: Seattle 6 Detroit 3
- WP: Felix Hernandez (2-0) 6 innings, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 K
- LP: Justin Verlander (0-2) 7.1 innings, 8 H, 5 ER, 8 K
- SV: Brandon Morrow (3)
- HR: None
This one hurt a little bit. Through four innings it looked like this was going to be a Tigers win. Justin Verlander was perfect through four innings with seven strikeouts. Then it all fell apart. The Tigers offense took the rest of the night off, the defense lapsed and Verlander lost his cool.
Verlander’s first four innings were truly a thing of beauty. That fifth inning, though? Yikes. The Mariners struck for five runs in the fifth inning and the game was essentially over. The Mariners brought in a series of fire-throwing relievers and the TIgers hitters could do nothing with them.
This game was really a microcosm of Verlander’s career. He was brilliant for stretches of the game, but for at other times you just wanted him out of the game because he was so bad. The Tigers defense (ahem, Inge) didn’t do him any favors in that fifth inning, but let’s not kid ourselves: It was obvious Verlander had lost his cool and was just whipping pitches in there without much of a plan.
As always, here’s the list of positives from that rough loss:
- Verlander was amazing, save for that fifth inning. While he took the loss, he showed reason for fans to get their hopes up, just a little bit.
- Miguel Cabrera has been the best hitter in baseball this season. He had three of the Tigers nine hits and the weren’t wimpy hits either. He was absolutely crushing the ball. His batting average is now .513. That’s sick.
- Gerald Laird continues to play well. Laird went 1-2 last night with a walk and was hit by a pitch. In addition to his performance at the plate, he also stole a base and threw out a runner attempting to steal.