Four games in, and just one quality start for the Tigers. It was Rick Porcello's turn to struggle this time around, as the youngster was unable to control and utilize his go-to two-seam fastball, forcing him to rely on his other less imposing pitches.
He was able to skate by with that repertoire through four innings, giving up just one run while maintaining his control and allowing a lot of fly balls that stayed in the yard, but in the fifth the Orioles finally pounced, highlighted by a Brian Roberts three run home run.
Brayan Villarreal and Ryan Perry were able to come in and stop the bleeding and held the Orioles scoreless over the final three innings, but the damage had already been done.
And on Monday, the Tigers offense didn't have it in them to come back, managing seven hits but going a paltry 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The team scored their lone run on a Will Rhymes single that scored Brandon Inge from third base after he ripped a one out double earlier in the inning.
On a day like this, the stars were few and far between, but Will Rhymes had the closest thing to a good day. He went 2-for-3, drove in the club's only run, and also took a walk as he reached base three times for the club. He also swiped a base as he posted his best offensive game of the young season.
Key AB's Of The Game
Key AB's Of The Game
Bottom 2, Rick Porcello (RHP) vs. Felix Pie (LHB)
After getting Pie down 0-2 with a man on third and two out, Porcello obviously tried to get him to chase a pitch out of the zone. Pie took the first pitch for a ball, and Porcello tried to get him on a pitch low and inside, but the pitch was way too low and too inside, bouncing in the dirt almost in the batter's box and bouncing away from Alex Avila. The wild pitch allowed Matt Wieters to score from third. What's worse is that on the next pitch Pie flied out, an out that would have gotten Porcello out of the inning unscathed.
Bottom 5, Rick Porcello (RHP) vs. Brian Roberts (LHB) The Standings
While Porcello's two seamer didn't appear to be working well on this day, and he relied on it far less than usual (only threw it about one quarter of his pitches, compared to 2010 when he used it nearly 50% of the time), in this particular instance, it appeared to be a well thrown, well placed ball. Ahead in the count, Porcello threw Roberts a two seamer that was over the plate, but down right at the knees. Roberts however went down and got it, driving it 400 feet to right center field for a three run homer.
1-3, tied for 4th in the AL Central