The Detroit Tigers struggled for two months to get their lineup going. Much to the chagrin of opposing pitching, it seems to have found its spark.
Detroit drilled Texas pitching for 20 hits Wednesday night in an 8-1 win, the Tigers’ fourth straight. In two games in Texas, the Tigers have scored 21 runs on 38 hits.
Rick Porcello went six innings, giving up just one run on six hits for his sixth victory of the season. That’s more than halfway to Porcello’s win total during a shaky 2010 when he went 10-12. Better yet, his ERA’s down to 3.58.
Tigers’ Hero: While Max Scherzer’s hit a rough patch, Porcello’s picked up his game. Shutting down Texas in its home ballpark is not an easy task but Porcello pulled it off Tuesday. He only really ran into trouble once, in the sixth inning when Texas scored its lone run. Honorable mention to Austin Jackson, Victor Martinez and Alex Avila, who all had three hits.
Tigers’ Goat: Is “no one” a viable answer here? Every single guy in Detroit’s lineup had at least one hit, five different players drove in runs, David Purcey threw two shutout innings in relief and Daniel Schlereth finished it off. This was as a total team effort.
Where Detroit’s At: 33-27 and keeping the heat on Cleveland in the A.L. Central — Detroit stayed 1 1/2 back of the first-place Indians. The Tigers are also still one game back of Boston in the wild-card race.
What’s Next: Detroit goes for the sweep Wednesday night. A win would make Detroit a very impressive 5-1 on this road swing through Chicago and Texas. Phil Coke returns from the D.L. to start for Detroit against Alexei Ogando, who’s 6-0 and has gone at least six innings in each of his last 11 starts.