The Detroit Tigers have played as many road games as any team in
the majors. Their recent results away from home have not been
Rick Porcello takes the ball Wednesday when the Tigers look to
end their seven-game trip on a positive note against a Seattle
Mariners team coming off its highest-scoring game of the
After winning Monday’s series opener 8-3, Detroit (8-10) lost
for the third time in four games and fell to 5-7 on the road with
Tuesday’s 13-3 loss. Minnesota is the only other club to have
played 12 road games.
The Tigers, who open a six-game homestand Friday to begin a
stretch of 10 of 13 at Comerica Park, will try to get a solid
performance from Porcello (0-2, 6.19 ERA) after Phil Coke and three
relievers walked 11 on Tuesday.
“(Coke) didn’t have any command of his fastball. He didn’t have
command of the strike zone,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We didn’t
Porcello did not earn a decision Friday, but walked just one and
threw six innings of one-run ball in an 8-4, 10-inning victory over
He also gave up seven hits, though, and opponents are batting
.362 off the 22-year-old right-hander.
Porcello is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts against Seattle,
but a couple of Mariners hitters have good track records versus
him. Ichiro Suzuki, whose season-high four hits Tuesday raised his
average to .286, is 4 for 9 off Porcello. Designated hitter Jack
Cust is 4 for 11 with two homers.
Chone Figgins and Michael Saunders had three hits apiece Tuesday
to help the Mariners (6-12) set season highs in both runs and hits
The Mariners entered Tuesday’s matchup batting an AL-worst .217,
and having scored 15 runs while dropping five of their previous
“It’s nice to be on this side…,” first baseman Chris Gimenez
said after going 2 for 3 with two RBIs in place of Justin Smoak,
who was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday and is out
indefinitely following the death of his father. “Hopefully we can
keep it rolling into the next couple of days.”
Surprisingly, Wednesday’s starter Erik Bedard (0-3, 8.56) has
received plenty of run support. Three of Seattle’s seven
highest-scoring games this season have come with the left-hander on
the mound, but those efforts have been wasted due to Bedard’s poor
Bedard surrendered five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings of
Friday’s 6-5 loss at Kansas City. His 106 pitches were the most
he’d thrown since June 2, 2009, before shoulder surgery that caused
him to miss all of last season.
“Erik is a work in progress in regards to just being back on the
mound,” manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners’ official website.
“… I’m really pleased with his stuff. He just needs to continue
to take steps.”
Bedard is 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in four starts against
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, 2 for 9 with a homer off
Bedard, is batting .387 in 15 career games in Seattle.