His last two starts have come up against Detroit Tiger ace Justin Verlander, who has owned the Tribe so far this season. Verlander, who used to struggle against the Indians, pitched a two hitter Friday, striking out 11 and getting a little help from his friends.
Grady Sizemore sent a ball over the center field fence for what would have been a game-winning, two-run home run in the ninth inning. Yet it is only "what would have been" thanks to Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson, who reached over the wall and brought it back with a leaping catch. Per MLB.com:
Curtis Granderson saved this game. Justin Verlander owned it.
For his 11-year career he carries a 34-27 record with a 4.31 ERA.
recalled from Class AAA Columbus on May 2, was 2-for-13 in four games entering Friday. "The pitchers up here don't miss a lot," he said. "The fastballs are faster, the breaking pitches are sharper. And the strikes are on the corners. It's been an adjustment, but it's coming along."
What is bothering Aaron Laffey about converting from a starter to a reliever? He won't get to bat in Cincinnati. He also plans on using his breaking ball more out of the bullpen.