Justin Verlander was coming into the game having the second lowest ERA at home in the major leagues. And has owned the Orioles at Comerica Park. Posting and ERA close to 1.10.
Verlander didn’t have the best of nights on the mound. Not his standards at least. By the fifth inning, the Tigers’ ace was closing in on 100 pitches and had already surrendered three runs. Verlander was working out of trouble since the start of the game.
Nick Markakis doubled to lead off the game, and was later thrown out at the plate by Prince Fielder. Markakis doubled again in the top of the third to score Omar Quintanilla. Matt Wieters homered off Verlander in the fifth, putting the end to all of the Orioles’ scoring on the night.
Although Verlander wasn’t at the top of his game, his offense eventually helped him out. Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the board early with his 31st home run of the year. Padding to his league leading RBI total.
But the story was Prince Fielder. Fielder had a night to remember. After a Cabrera single in the bottom of the sixth, Fielder hit a 462 foot home run, nearly hitting it into the concourse in center field. Making it a 3-3 game. But the big man was not done yet. In the bottom of the eighth, Fielder hit his second two-run home run of the game, putting the Tigers on top 5-3. Giving him four RBI’s on the night.
Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eighth inning, his first scoreless inning in a while. Then Jose Valverde locked up his 23rd save of the year in the ninth securing a Tigers’ victory.
Rick Porcello (9-7) will take the hill tomorrow against Steve Johnson (1-0) at 7:05 PM.
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