Thursday afternoon the Tigers did everything they could to lose the game before the fourth inning. Starter Rick Porcello allowed 12 hits yet only three earned runs before being knocked out of the game in the fourth not by his poor performance but by an errant line drive that struck him. Meanwhile the Tigers bats were silent as those 12 Minnesota hits all came before the Tigers even got their first off of Twins starter Scott Diamond.
Yet the Tigers’ bats woke up in the later innings as Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson powered the Tigers to a 7-3 win to earn a series split with the Twins.
But aside from the split, the Tigers did make history Thursday afternoon thanks in part to Rick Porcello’s shaky performance.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Tigers are only the 6th team in Major League History to win a game despite the starter pitching less than four innings and giving up 12 or more hits. In fact it’s so rare the last time something like this happened was ...