After months away from the digital baseball diamond it has been a struggle at the plate. Before diving head first into a franchise I decided that I would give myself a little spring training. The first few days spent with MLB 14 the Show were filled with batting practices and terrible exhibition games. Finally I had worked up the courage to start the 162 game adventure.
Opening day Justin Verlander took the mound for my digital Detroit Tigers and he was brilliant. Pitching 7 1/3 innings of one hit baseball allowing on one walk and striking out two. In fact he didn’t allow a hit until the first pitch of the 7th inning. Unfortunately the bats couldn’t give Verlander much run-support.
In the second inning the Tigers got 1 of their 3 hits in the form of an Austin Jackson 2 RBI HR to right field. This lead held up until Verlander was forced to give the ball over to the bullpen, but instead of slamming the door shut the bullpen blew their first lead of the season.
After Verlander managed to record the first out of the 7th Al Alburquerque came in and imploded. Alburquerque was able to record the second out of the inning but then gave up a 2-out double, an RBI single and a walk. Joel Hanranahn then came in and was asked to do what Alburquerque could not, but instead promptly gave up a 2 RBI double to Bill Butler and a 2-1 Tiger lead turned into a 3-2 Royals lead and with the way the bats were swinging that was all the Royals needed. The Royals walked away the victors on opening day with a 3-2 win.