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|WP: Zach Britton (2 - 1)
SV: Jim Johnson (36)
LP: Rick Porcello (9 - 8)
Some -- well, at least one person -- were concerned when the bulk of the Tigers' offense Friday night came off the bats of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Not much changed Saturday. A rather flaccid Detroit lineup was shut out for seven innings by Orioles starter Zach Britton and dropped a 3-2 decision to Baltimore.
Rick Porcello performed fine on the mound for most of the contest. He matched Britton for six innings before losing the shutout in the seventh. Unfortunately for Porcello and his teammates, he lost it in a pretty spectacular way when he allowed a three-run home run to Orioles DH Chris Davis. Credit Davis, Porcello made a good pitch, but it ended up in the stands anyway.
Baltimore this year is similar to Detroit last: pretty solid in the final third of the game. Detroit did get on the board with a two-run single by Jhonny Peralta in the eighth, but the Tigers went down in 1-2-3 fashion in the ninth to draw the loss.
Porcello allowed seven hits and a walk, and struck out six.
Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera had two hits apiece for the Tigers. Unsurprisingly, both scored a run. Detroit rapped eight hits but just couldn't string enough of them together. It went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, hit into three double plays and had a baserunner caught stealing.
Credit Baltimore for learning from Friday: Prince Fielder was walked twice. Cabrera was hit by a pitch and walked. Peralta (other than in the eighth inning), Delmon Young, Alex Avila and Jeff Baker did not make Baltimore pay for the decision.
Chicago lost, if you are keeping track, and you probably are.
Austin Jackson - 2 hits, run
Miguel Cabrera - 2 hits, run, walk
Jhonny Peralta - Maybe half a roar. He drove in two runs but made a baserunning blunder in the eighth and hit into a GIDP earlier
Rick Porcello - The other half a roar. Mostly a good game but did allow three runs.
Delmon Young - 1-for-4, GIDP
Alex Avila - 0-for-4, GIDP
Jeff Baker - 0-for-3
GAME 119 POG
Prince Fielder, as if there was a doubt