Freeway Ricky lasted eight innings, gave up two runs, struck out 10 and got his 13th win.
The key to tonight’s game was the first inning. It looked like a rare Kinsler error kind of made Ricky uncomfortable. He walked the next batter and had runners on first and second with two out. But the runner at second, Corey Dickerson, tried to steal third. Avila threw him out to end the inning. I was at the game. At the time, I had a bad feeling like this might be a short night for Porcello. Dickerson did him a favor.
After the second inning, when the Rockies scored two runs, Ricky had no trouble setting down a depleted Rockies lineup.
A few game notes:
- Miggy hit a 455 foot home run in the bottom of the third. Perhaps his power is starting to come back?
- After scoring 11 runs, I hope the Tigers offense doesn’t go into hibernation for the next two weeks.
- The ninth inning was another disaster by the bullpen. I guess the hope is that the starting pitching will be good enough to get the Tigers into the playoffs. Once the playoffs begin, a current starter can go to the pen and become Sark’s fireman. I don’t know but this pen is an abomination.
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