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The Tigers had won three in a row; Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook took it upon himself to make sure that number didn't become four. The former Cleveland starter scattered five hits and a walk while allowing just one run to Detroit. Or did the Tigers just fall on their own faces? Matter of perception, I guess.
In any case, the meat of the Tigers' lineup should be held at least partially accountable after going a combined 0-for-12 in the game. Leadoff batter Austin Jackson had a pair of hits and drove in a run, but never touched home. Westbrook only struck out five, but forced a number of ground balls for a relatively stress-free complete game.
Meanwhile we should not lose sight of the fact of the fine start by Rick Porcello. Although he did allow 10 hits, he threw seven innings of two-run ball. He got Cardinals batters to put the ball on the ground 16 times, helping his cause. That was actually the second-most grounders of the season for the sinkerballer.
In relief, Brayan Villarreal had a pretty good inning for Detroit. He did allow a run, after a walk, balk and error pushed the run around the bases. But had Jhonny Peralta caught the ball that hit him in the mitt, Villarreal would have escaped fine.
It's easy to frustrated by a low-scoring loss like this. We've certainly seen them before. But, if Detroit bounces back to win the series, it seems acceptable. You can't win them all.
Austin Jackson - 2 hits, drove in Tigers' only run
Delmon Young - double
Rick Porcello - Allowed 10 hits but only two runs and forced a lot of ground balls.
Jhonny Peralta - How did he not catch that hit in the 8th? He also went hitless
Batters 2-4: Quintin Berry, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder went 0-for-12.
Offense as a whole - 1 run scored. Gotta hiss.
GAME 67 POG
Justin Verlander, because he pitched.