As the Red Wings lick their wounds after game 6, The Detroit Tigers played extra innings against the Pirates. The Lions are weighing their roster while the Pistons are weighing their coaching options. All this and more in the DJC Morning Drive Detroit Sports Links and Scores!
Detroit Tigers 0 Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Rick Porcello may have had the best outing of his career but it was not enough as the Tigers dropped the game to the Pirates in 11 innings. Porcello had a career high 11 strikeouts but the Tigers offensive well ran dry. The only offense of the game came off the bat of Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker in the form of a solo jack in the top of the 11th to seal it for the Pirates. The series shifts back to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Coverage starts at 6pm on Fox Sports Detroit.
It happened again. It must be getting old news for Anibal Sanchez to go deep into games without allowing a hit. For the fourth time in his career, Anibal Sanchez pitched a one hitter. There isn’t much to be added to what you can read around the internet about Friday night’s game by Sanchez. He was wicked once again, which is quickly becoming the norm for the Tigers “fourth starter”. Sanchez struck out 12 on Friday en route to an easy Tigers win against a Minnesota team that swings the bats pretty well.
The Red Wings had the Chicago Blackhawks backed into an unfamiliar corner for them, a 3-1 series lead with one more win knocking out their Original Six opponents. With how steady the Red Wings played in those three consecutive wins, fans hoped the loss in Game Five was just Chicago getting their bearings straight for one game and the Wings would finish them off in Game Six.
The Detroit Lions rushing attack has been notoriously bad for seemingly forever. The remnants of Barry Sanders’ reign as the NFL’s running back king have long since faded away. The Lions have seen glimpses of decency in the last 13 years, with players like James Stewart, Kevin Jones and Kevin Smith all posting quality seasons, but the spark has clearly been missing.
The Detroit Pistons will have over $20 million in cap space this summer, and their front office needs to be careful not to repeat the mistakes they made in 2009. Similar to the summer of 2009, the 2013 free agent class is filled with good, but not great players. Beyond Dwight Howard and Chris Paul (who have shown no interest in playing in Detroit), there are very few All-Star caliber players available to the Pistons.