The Tigers exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Angels 10-6 tonight. The inning included rookie second baseman Scott Sizemore's first major league home run. Later in the inning freshman, out fielder Brennan Boesch also whacked his first big league round tripper, a grand slam no less.
The biggest rookie performance of the night, however, came from red hot Austin Jackson. The Tigers center fielder went five for five to raise his batting average to .364. Jackson is now third in the American League in batting pending the outcome of Vladimir Guerrero's game tonight. It was also his fourth straight game without a strikeout after striking out in a record 19 consecutive games to begin his career.
On the defensive side, Rick Porcello continued to struggle allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He pitched a little better than the numbers indicate as he was victimized by some infield hits. He also had good control and walked nobody. Still, it was a less than ideal outing from someone they are counting on to be one of their top pitchers. Ryan Perry was very strong in relief striking out three in 1 2/3 shutout innings.
It will be Scott Kazmir versus Jeremy Bonderman tomorrow afternoon in game two of the series.