WP: Matt Shoemaker (8-3) / LP: Justin Verlander (9-9)
Although Verlander is not having the kind of year many expected of him, he is still a tad uneasy to face. Today, he was just average and the Halos were able to put up enough runs in the even Shoemaker did not perform well. The latter did not happen and Shoemaker had an impressive game. Both starting pitchers lasted seven innings; however, Shoemaker never allowed a run off of three hits while Verlander delivered three across six hits. Even the newly acquired Joakim Soria did not slow down the bats and allowed one run in a relief appearance.
Efren Navarro, who could prove to be a very valuable piece, lifted a ball into the stands early to give the Angels a lead. Navarro contributed again in the sixth inning when he grounded out; however, advancing Howie Kendrick into scoring position allowed C.J. Cron to bring in another run with a double. When the wheels fell off for the Tigers, Kendrick himself singled in a run. For the offense of the Tigers, only three batters recorded at least one hit. Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter, who had a fantastic catch in the blinding sun, never even reached first.
By the way, Mike Scioscia successfully overturned a pick-off in favor of his team and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected.