Game recap: The Tigers showed late inning promise as they came back from a six run deficit after five innings and slowly closed the gap with a two run sixth and three run seventh. Unfortunately, those were the only two innings the Tigers could score as the Angels held on for a 6-5 win in front of 35,266 fans in Anaheim.
Rick Porcello (1-1) worked 4.1 innings, gave up 8 hits and 6 runs while the Angels’ Scott Kazmir pitched 5.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. The Tigers scored 3 runs off of the Angels’ bullpen before it settled down and shut-out the Tigers for the rest of the game. Fernando Rodney collected his 5th save of 2010.
Good news: Miguel Cabrera continues his hot streak at the plate going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. His bases-loaded double in the seventh provided a huge spark for the Tigers. Carlos Guillen was 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Magglio Ordonez was 1-4 with a walk, and two runs scored.
Bad news: The Tigers left 10 men on base. Detroit dropped to 7-7 and is now 3-5 away from Comerica park.
How the opposition saw it: Ocregister.com’s (Orange County Register) headline, “Halos hang on for fifth straight win”. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is quoted on ocregister.com as saying, “You can’t walk that many guys. We opened the door for them to get back in the game.” The Angels walked 4 Tigers.
Next up: Detroit has Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) on the mound to face Jered Weaver (2-0). According to MLB.com, Bonderman did not face the Angels in 2009. The Tigers hit .288 off Weaver in 2009 with 3 home runs, 6 RBI’s and they had 15 hits. Weaver appeared in two games against the Tigers and won one.