Doug Fister pitched 6 strong innings and the Tigers avoided a sweep at the hands for the Royals with a 4-1 on Sunday.
Fister allowed 1 run on one hit, a home run to Miguel Tejada in the bottom of the second. He struck out five and walked one in his 6 innings of work.
Miggy started the scoring for the Tigers in the first inning with his 31st homer of the year, a solo shot, to give Fister and the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
The bullpen was excellent, again, with Smyly, Rondon, and Benoit each pitching an inning to close out the game. These three are looking very good coming out of the pen. I might be able to make a case for Smyly as the team MVP at this point in the season.
Offensively, Fielder, Martinez, Peralta, and Dirks had two hits apiece.
Another encouraging sign was that the Tigers were able to add on runs late, scoring 1 in the 7th and 1 in the 9th to extend the lead and give the bullpen a little bit of a cushion.
Don’t look now but Benoit might be the missing, closer piece, as he recorded his 9th save.
On a side note: I know he hit a homer today and he is still batting .360 but something looks, not right, about Miggy. I’m not sure if he’s just expanding the strike zone too much or his back in bothering him more than anybody knows. I hope I’m wrong, I just have a weird feeling. That being said, he did make a really nice play at third on Tejada in the bottom of the 4th. Like I said, perhaps I’m wrong. I hope I’m wrong.
The Tigers are off to Chicago tomorrow with Scherzer on the hill.
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