the biggest beneficiary of the Jose Iglesias acquisition is going to turn out to be Rick Porcello. Tigers fans have seen several times over the course of Ricky’s career where he gets opposing teams to hit the ball on the ground but they some how find holes. The best case in point would be the Angels game back in April. Ricky didn’t make it out of the first inning of that game and surrendered 9 earned runs. But when you take a look at it the Angels had maybe 1 or 2 hard hit balls. The bounces just weren’t going his way.
The second inning of last night’s game had the makings of one of those innings for Ricky. Carlos Santana lead off with a ground ball down the right field line for a double. Michael Brantley followed with a ground ball single. At this point, flashes of the Angels game were going through my mind but the Incredible Iggy thwarted the disastrous inning before it could get started. Asdrubal Cabrera followed Brantely with a ground ball that looked like it was headed for left field but Jose Iglesias flashed his leather. Iggy pounced on the ball and started a 6-4-3 double play.
As long as Iggy continues to flash leather, I think were going to see Ricky’s numbers improve dramatically.
Ricky didn’t make it 6 innings but compared to the last 4 Tigers’ starts it was a gem. Ricky pitched 5 and 2/3, allowed 5 hits, struck out 2 and walked 2.
The game was called after 7 inning due to rain.
Sanchez is on the hill tonight for game two.
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