DETROIT (WTVB) - The Tigers' slide in the AL Central standings continues thanks to last night’s 7-2 loss to Seattle in the opener of a 3-game series at Comerica Park. The Mariners win over Detroit not only dropped the Tigers to a game-and-a-half behind first place Kansas City but the setback also moved Seattle a half game in front of Detroit in the race for the second American League wildcard.
It was a real struggle last night for Detroit starter Rick Porcello who suffered the loss after pitching six innings and allowing six runs, five earned. It ended a 5-start stretch in which Porcello had a 1.75 ERA and his record dipped to 13-8. Miguel Cabrera doubled twice and scored a run for the Tigers, who are 12-17 since the All-Star break. Ex-Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson received a standing ovation from the fans as he was the opening batter in the game, leading off the Seattle lineup in his first appearance in Detroit since being dealt to the Mariners at the end of July as part of the David Price trade. Jackson was hitless last night in four at-bats, although he picked up an RBI when he grounded into a bases-loaded double play.Melvin Mercedes, a 23-year-old right-hander, tossed two scoreless innings in his major league debut for Detroit.
It’s a marquee pitching matchup tonight as David Price takes to the mound for the Tigers against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
The White Sox pounded the Blue Jays 11-5 last night in Chicago while the Cubs fell 3-2 to the Mets in New York.