By James Nahikian
After two outstanding starts by the 23 year old, Rick Porcello failed to make it out of the second inning Saturday afternoon. The righty allowed eight earned runs on ten hits in game number one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Comerica Park. The Rangers powered their way to 17 hits and went on to win the game 10-4. Texas has now outscored Detroit 20-7 in the first two games of the series so far, after eliminating the Tigers in the ALCS last season. It seems so far that the road to the World Series will yet again run through Texas, who have made it to the Fall Classic in each of the past two seasons, and are now off to a red hot 12-2 start.
The lone bright spot in the loss was Duane Below, who pitched six scoreless innings out of the bullpen, and has still not allowed an earned run this season.
The good news for Detroit is that they will have their ace, Justin Verlander, on the mound tonight at 7:05 PM. The Tigers, who still lead the Central Division, will hope to pick up the next two games against Texas to salvage a series split. The series concludes Sunday at 1:10 PM.
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