Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth win in the month of June as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-1 today. Hellickson, who improved to 7-3 on the season, allowed one run in the win, a victory that tied the franchise record for victories in a single month (a mark he now shares with three other pitchers).
Miguel Cabrera was the only bright spot for the Tigers today, hitting is 25th home run of the season. He was showered with boos before all of his at-bats, but managed to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
The began with a bit of controversy and tension between the two teams. Detroit’s Rick Porcello hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first inning. Home plate Vic Carapazza warned both benches after the play, but both dugouts stayed calm and nothing escalated further. Porcello’s pitch was likely in response to Cabrera being thrown at yesterday, an action that didn’t sit well with Detroit Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland:
Throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. That’s just the way baseball is.
Catcher Josa Lobaton had a big game for Tampa Bay, driving in two runs and getting a hit in each of his three plate appearances. Jame Loney extended his hitting steak to 11 games.