WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!!
Quick, someone tell me what color the sky is because I need to confirm that we haven’t crossed over into another dimension. I don’t even understand what is going on anymore.
Run Expectancy Rundown
Efren Navarro hit his first homer in the Majors. He continues to be an unlikely this year, but mainly in this homestand. I apologize for all the times I said he wasn’t a real prospect. Oh, and C.J. Cron had a nice game as well. That was very much needed, though I imagine he is now firmly in a platoon with Navarro once Hamilton gets healthy.
Starting Pitcher Scores
Justin Verlander hasn’t had a very good year, but this wasn’t a particularly bad start. It also wasn’t particularly good, which is a problem for him because Matt Shoemaker was outstanding. The only oddity was Scioscia yanking him after seven innings even though he had used a scant 78 pitches.
It was a drama-free night for Jepsen and Grilli. Joakim Soria made his Detroit debut and could only get one out, which tickles me to no end.
This chart is pretty straightforward as the Tigers never got a runner into scoring position after the first inning. It was just all uphill for the Halos.
Apologies to Navarro and his first homer, but seven shutout innings against the team you grew up rooting for and doing it with your family in attendance just for the occasion trumps a first homer.