Apr 11, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers first basemanVictor Martinez
(41) avoids being hit by a pitch during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Tigers were shut out for the first time in the young 2014 season by Andrew Cashner and the San Diego Padres, in what was a significantly lop-sided affair that ended in a score of 6-0. Detroit was held hit-less until the sixth inning when Rajai Davis singled for the first and only hit posted by the Tigers. Davis then stole both second and third base with one out, and Ian Kinsler walked to give the Tigers their only real scoring threat of the game, but a quick double play ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera ended any momentum the hit had created. That was all she wrote for the Tigers’ offense, they picked up a few walks and a base on a throwing error by Headley at third, but were unable to get anything going as a result. Cashner collected 11 strike outs and pitched a complete game.
Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello did not have such an easy night. He struggled through out his six and a third innings pitched, giving up 10 hits, five of which were for extra bases and one of which was a two run home run off the bat of Chase Headley in the sixth inning for five earned runs total. Porcello had issues with control, especially on the breaking ball, which seemed to hover over the plate for the majority of evening.
Luke Putkonen made his first appearance of the season with one on and one out in the seventh inning and gave up a bloop single that brushed off the glove of Kinsler. Putkonen then pitched Chris Denforia into a fielder’s choice to Andrew Romine, who gambled to throw home and got beat, plating the last of Porcello’s five earned runs. Putkonen also notched an earned run of his own.
Evan Reed pitched the eighth inning, gave up two hits but didn’t allow a run. He also struck out a batter
The Tigers play the Padres tomorrow at 8:40pm at Petco Park