The Tigers split a double header with the Yankees today winning the day game 2-0 and losing the nightcap 8-0.
In the first game, the slow starting Rick Porcello pitched his best game of the year so far shutting out the Yankees on four hits over seven innings. The young right-hander had the Yankees pounding the ball into the ground recording 14 outs on ground balls. Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings to complete the combined shutout. The Tigers scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Austin Jackson, Johnny Damon, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch and an RBI grounder by Magglio Ordonez.
Despite the lopsided score in game two, the Tigers got some strong pitching from Jeremy Bonderman. Like Porcello, Bonderman pitched probably his best game of the year. He held the powerful Yankees to two runs in seven innings allowing just five hits and one walk. He also had seven strikeouts and threw 71 of 99 pitches for strikes. It was a close game until the Yankees exploded for six runs in the ninth against Phil Coke and Alfredo Figaro.
Despite only gaining a split, it was an encouraging day for the Tigers. They got great starting pitching from two guys who have been struggling. This gives them hope for the future and also helped to preserve a tired bullpen. Tomorrow afternoon , it will be Justin Verlander versus CC Sabathia as the Tigers go for a series win.