WP: Perkins (1-0) LP: Coke (0-1)
Just two games into the season and the Detroit Tigers biggest flaw has already stuck out like a sore thumb. After Drew Smyly struggled in relief yesterday, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke let today’s game slip away in the 9th inning.
Detroit received 5 good innings from starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, in which he didn’t allow a run and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work.
Miguel Cabrera finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs for Detroit, while Torii Hunter also went 2 for 4.
Trevor Plouffe walked to start the bottom of the 9th, and then the ball was handed over to Phil Coke in attempt to get his 2nd save of the year. After retiring Chris Parmelee, Brian Dozier hit a ball that sent PR Jamey Carroll to 3rd. It was then when Eduardo Escobar smacked a double to the left field fence that scored both Carroll and Dozier for a 3-2 walk-off win for the Twins.
The series finale is tomorrow at 1:10pm. Rick Porcello gets the ball for the Tigers, who are looking to take the series before returning home on Friday for the home opener.