R.A. Dickey picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
The veteran knuckleballer punched out six on the evening while issuing only one walk. Most of the damage against him came just before he departed in the seventh inning on a two-run blast off the bat of Anthony Gose. Dickey will carry a 4.25 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Indians.
Trevor Bauer was superb in Friday's 3-1 win over the Angels, firing off eight innings of one-run ball.
Bauer struck out seven and walked three. Even after eight innings, he had only thrown 101 pitches--a sign either of Bauer's dominance or the free-swinging ways of the Angels. Only a Kaleb Cowart RBI single in the fifth prevented the shutout. While the 24-year-old right-hander isn't at the point where these types of outings are a possibility on a start-to-start basis, his 4.31 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 145/61 K/BB ratio across 150 2/3 innings are respectable enough. There's still room to grow for the youngster. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Blue Jays, which should act as a nice challenge.
Andrew Heaney pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Indians on Friday, tossing six scoreless innings.
Nice rebound for Heaney, who got crushed by the Blue Jays to the tune of eight runs in his last start. Against the Indians on Friday, he scattered six hits while striking out three and walking one over his six scoreless innings of work. With this strong outing in the books, he'll bring a 3.11 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into a Wednesday afternoon road date with the A's.
Anthony Gose belted his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday.
His two-run shot off R.A. Dickey in the seventh inning pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 5-3, but that would be as close as they'd get. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .253/.308/.366 with four homers and 23 RBI on the season.
Matt Boyd struggled against his former club on Friday, serving up three home runs in a losing effort against the Blue Jays.
Boyd surrendered a total of five runs on seven hits over his six innings of work while walking three and striking out four. The Jays broke things open against him in the third inning with back-to-back homers from Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson. Boyd now owns a troublesome 7.12 ERA and 1.64 WHIP on the season. He'll look for better results against the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday.