Porcello Outstanding, Detroit Tigers Lose 2-1

By johnczech

It was another great pitching performance by Rick Porcello on Friday night. Last time Porcello pitched he went six innings, gave up seven hits and three earned runs.

On Friday night it was nearly an identical start from Porcello. Pitching six strong innings of work, while scattering seven hits and giving up two runs. It was just the one mistake pitch Porcello gave up to Howie Kendrick, which resulted in a double scoring two runs with two outs in the 6th, that caused the only blemish on a great night.

Zack Grienke looked like the Greinke of 2009 when he was the AL Cy Young. Since putting on a Los Angeles Angels uniform, Grienke has put up a 1-2 record with an ERA close to touching 6.20.

The Detroit Tigers‘ hitters where getting dominated by Greinke. In 7 2/3 innings of work, Greinke gave up five hits, and only one earned run on the night. Earning his second victory as an Angel.

The only run coming off of a Miguel Cabrera home run, his 32nd home runs of the year. Cabrera was back in the line up, but not at third. Skipper, Jim Leyland, put Cabrera at DH to give him a “day off”, so he didn’t have to go out at third and possiblly hurt his ankle even worst.

What has been a terrible Angels’ bullpen, was very good on Friday. Scott Downs and Garrett Richards combined for 1 2/3 innings, while striking out two of the four batters they faced.

The Tigers’ bullpen also looked good. Brayan Villarreal struck out four hitters in his two innings of scoreless relief. Octavio Dotel pitched a scoreless ninth, and didn’t allow a hit.

Tomorrow Drew Smyly (4-3) will make the start in place of the injured Doug Fister. Dan Haren (8-10) will go the mound for the Angels.

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