The Detroit Tigers knew they would have to strike early and often if they were going to get Tampa Bay Rays‘ starter Matt Moore out of the groove he’s been in lately. They did just that forcing Moore out of the game after just two innings, which took 86 pitches to get through.
The Tigers posted six runs against Moore, making the most of the seven hits they had against him. Moore didn’t help himself out one bit. He walked six batters and didn’t look at all like the pitcher who came into the game with a perfect 8-0 record. He had no command and looked like he was content with just trying to throw the ball over home plate rather than worry about pitching effectively.
The Tigers did most of their damage without the help of the long ball. It’s a good sign for a Tigers team that has been hot and cold over the past few days.
Moore’s sparkling 2.18 ERA shot up to 2.95 after the route. Anibal Sanchez, on the other hand, got back to the form that nearly saw him toss a no-hitter just two starts ago. Sanchez allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings.
The Rays came into the game having won four of their last five games, all on the road. The Rays have struggled to score runs consistently, but as always, have been held up by their pitching staff.
The Tigers will have another tough test tomorrow as they take on Alex Cobb, who has only allowed more than three runs on one occasion this season. Cobb goes at the strike zone, so the Tigers will need to be ready to swing the bats again Wednesday.