- Final Score: Tigers 8 Mariners 2
- WP: Rick Porcello (1-1) 7 innings, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 3 K, 86 pitches
- LP: Carlos Silva (0-2) 5 innings, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 K
- HR: Ronny Cedeno (1)
Rick Porcello earned his first big league victory today and he looked terrific. Porcello could have easily gone eight innings, the way he was cruising, but the Tigers want to limit his pitch count and also need some of their relievers to pitch from time to time. Porcello evened his record at 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.75. Porcello retired the last 14 batters he faced. Not bad for a guy born in 1988.
Every single Tiger, with the exception of Matt Treanor, had at least one hit. Ramon Santiago led the way with two hits and five RBI, he’s a regular power-hitter these days. Who knew? I wouldn’t be surprised if he and Adam Everett officially swapped roles here pretty soon, with Santiago becoming the regular.
The Tigers are now two games over the break even point with a record of 7-5. They will have the day off tomorrow as they travel south to play a series with the struggling Los Angeles Angels.
Some positives from today’s game:
- Porcello was the story today. He showed terrific poise for a 20-year-old. The Mariners got to him a bit early as they had baserunners regularly in the first few innings. However, he made his adjustments and looked dominant. He didn’t get a ton of strikeouts, but he he got a lot of easy outs.
- Ramon Santiago now has 11 RBI on the young season. Obviously he won’t keep up this pace for the entire year, but he’s been good at the dish since last season.
- Miguel Cabrera walked and got two more hits. His batting average on the season is now .489.
- Carlos Guillen has had a brutal start to the season. However, Carlos hit a few balls hard today and picked up a couple of hits.
And the bad…
- The bullpen was not great. Ryan Perry set down the first two batters he faced before allowing a couple of hits. Bobby Seay allowed one of those runners to score to make the score 8-2. Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth and while he struck out two batters, he also allowed a pair of hits.
- Matt Treanor just might be the worst offensive player in all of baseball. Treanor went 0-4 with a strikeout and grounded into two doubleplays. Yikes.