Jhoulys Chacin and the Angels win the first game of the series against the Tigers. Chacin 1 Verlander 0.
Dominance, is the only word that can describe todays game. Jhoulys Chacin, took the mound in today’s game, he threw an absolute gem. Whatever doubts fans or analytics had on Chacin, are gone. Today we saw a pitcher have his way with a power packed line up and brought them to their knees.
Through four straight innings, not one batter reached base. Both Verlander and Chacin matched each other pitch for pitch. A mistake was made by Verlander, C.J. Cron laced a single to right to finally put a man on first base!
All good things come to end, Chacin gave up a perfect game in the 6th inning allowing two hits, but was able to work his way out of the jam.
In the 8th inning, with Verlanders pitch count high stayed in the game. A lead off single by Johnny Giavotella, got the ball rolling for a big inning for the Angels. A hit-and-run by Rafael Ortega, would put runners at the corners brining up Cliff Pennington. Almost popped up a safety squeeze, then lined one to center to plate the first run of the ball game. An infield hit by Gregorio Petit, scores another, then a throwing error by Mcann would bring in another.
But wait there’s more! Albert Pujols and C. J. Cron single in RBI’s on their own. The Angels put up a 5 spot in the 8th inning. Chacin takes the mound only surrenders 1 run, but no matter he completes the game and puts up a masterful pitching performance.
The series isn’t over, Hector Santiago takes the mound in tomorrows showdown against the Tigers @ 7:05 pm PDT. Will the Angels tame the Tigers? Find out tomorrow.
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