Rangers show their swag and stick it out to win Game 4. Photo from flickr user Rich Anderson.
After a rain delay of over two hours (two hours and thirteen minutes to be exact), Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers were ready to get right down to business. Three batters up, three batters down was the song he was singing, thanks to Motown defensive skills, and the young ace’s strikeout of Elvis Andrus. I imagined him pushing a big red “easy” button as he walked off the field, but of course, it was too soon to make such judgements.
Alternatively, the Rangers were marching to a different beat in their first inning. Matt Harrison walked the first batter for the Tigers, Austin Jackson, when he threw four straight balls after he set up two strikes. Luckily, the Rangers had defensive backup in the infield to execute a double play before Harrison tossed his second walk, Miguel Cabrera.
Porcello pulled off his second strikeout to none other than Adrian Beltre, and finished off the top second inning with another K, his third of the night, to Rangers catcher Mike Napoli. Did you blink? You probably missed this inning.
The rain started to soak Porcello’s shoulders in the top of the third. Remember how the weatherman said we should have four hours of dry weather? That “dry window” they spoke of? Where did it go?
Porcello’s jersey might have been dampened by the rain, but his arm was certainly still on fire. The young guy tossed another strikeout. Then he went cold when he gave up a double to David Murphy, the first Texas runner of the evening. It was just a brief hiccup though, as Porcello threw his fifth strikeout to Yorvit Torrealba, and Ian Kinsler’s groundout the third inning continued the game with nothing but eggs on the scoreboard.
Detroit scored a run as Brandon Inge singled to right field. Ryan Raburn singled to second, and next Miguel Cabrera took his bat. And he whacked. Not quite a home run, but hey, he got two runners to score, and made it to second. The Tigers took the lead 2-0.
Delmon Young caught a rocket that Josh Hamilton shot back at the warning track, and Porcello, wait for it, struck out Michael Young for number six.
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