Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99) who had won his last two starts, looked to cool off this “hitting weather” like Detroit Tigers who slugged 4 solo HRs last night, and he pitched well, but the Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (3-4, 4.58), was the story in this win over the Phils, 3-1.
The Tigers scored 1st on a lead-off single by Cameron Maybin and then Miguel Cabrera found the wide open spaces that is the Comerica Park OF, for an RBI double. Miggy was stranded as Cesar Hernandez made a nice running catch of a line drive to end the inning.
Both pitchers were pretty well in control after that for 4.5 innings. Hellickson scattered hits, but two runners CS by Carlos Ruiz and Hernandez, the 2nd on a perfectly timed pitch out, helped keep the Tigers off the board for awhile. He especially had his off-speed stuff working.
The 6th inning would change that as a J. D. Martinez double, *which maybe should have been an error on Franco, set up 2nd and 3rd no outs. An RBI GO by Cabrera, followed by an RBI single by Victor Martinez, made it 3-0, and the way Verlander was handling the Phillies it seemed like a huge lead. Tommy Joseph got a 1 out single in the 7th for the 1st hit since the 2nd inning, but Verlander worked around that for his 2nd SDI of the night.
All in all a Solid Seven QS for Hellickson, 7 H, 3 R – all earned*, 7 K’s and only one BB, but unfortunately he got stuck w/ the L, dropping to 4-3, as Verlander was better on this night. Justin earned the W (4-4) w/ 8 SO innings, on 10 K’s, 3 H, 2 BB’s. Francisco Rodriquez came on and lost the team SO on hits by Freddy Galvis – his 2nd double of the night -and Maikel Franco, and a sac fly by Joseph, but held on to get the save (14) which was career S # 400, 6th pitcher in MLB History to do so.
Broken Streaks: Ryan Howard broke an 18 game streak w/o a single to lead-off the 2nd. 5 game hitting streak by Tyler Goeddel, Odubel Herrera, modest for him, 2 game hit/OB streak.
Lost Series: B2B series losses after winning 7 of last 8.
Help On The Way?: Cody Asche, hit a two-run home run Tuesday night in Reading, where he is rehabbing from an oblique strain.
Next Ups: A 1:10 Matinee featuring RHP’s Aaron Nola (3-3, 2.85) and Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.23) as Phils look to avoid the sweep. Our Eric Christensen+ will cover that one for you.