DETROIT-- A warm and sunny Easter Sunday did not leave fans disappointed, as the Tigers recorded their second consecutive win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello retired the first two batters, getting Mike Trout to strike out swinging in the process. But he allowed three consecutive singles after that, including a bunt single and the Angels took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
That wasn't even the strange part. In the bottom-half of the inning, Ian Kinsler walked, then attempted to steal second base. The throw from catcher was off and trickled into center field, Kinsler advancing to third. However, it was also ball four for Miguel Cabrera and it put Tigers players at the corners.
Except that no one got to the ball in time, and Kinsler took advantage of the situation, breaking for home plate. The ball actually beat Kinsler home, but Angels catcher Hank Conger couldn't corral the wide throw from Angels pitcher Hector Santiago and Kinsler was therefore safe.
In the meantime, Cabrera advanced to second base, the game was tied one-all, the Tigers went into the second inning without having recorded a hit, and Mike Trout struck out swinging for the fourth time in two days.
After the first inning, Porcello retired 13 of the next 16 batters he faced over the course of the next six innings. Eight of those he retired were the result of ground outs (including a double play in the sixth).
Porcello retired two courtesy of a swinging strike and called strike, two flew out to right and center accordingly, and Howie Kendrick was caught attempting to steal second base in the fourth inning. Porcello finished his day after seven innings and throwing 103 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. He allowed 5 hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four.
Ian Krol took over pitching duties and pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing only one hit. Al Alburquerque then took over for Krol with one runner on second base and two out. He got Trout to ground out on a 5-3 inning-ending play.
Andrew Romine stole second base in the third inning after narrowly avoiding the tag. After discussing the call with the umpires, the Angels did not challenge. It was Romine's second stolen base of the season. He stole another base in the fifth inning.
Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead single to right field which scored Romine from second base to put the Tigers ahead 2-1 in the sixth inning. However, because of a throwing error by Conger which had advanced Austin Jackson to second base in the sixth inning, the run was unearned and Castellanos was not credited with an RBI.
Torii Hunter was declared safe in the eighth inning after a lengthy replay review when Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked the call to be reviewed. Angels first baseman Albert Pujols claimed that his foot was blocking the bag and Hunter never touched the base, but the call was upheld.
Joe Nathan came out to pitch the ninth inning and delivered two strikeouts before Kendrick hit a single to center field. With one on and two out, Nathan ran the count to 3-0 before delivering two strikes, a foul, and finally a swinging sliding strike to end the game in favor of the Tigers. Porcello recorded his second win and Nathan earned his third save of the season.