Behind 8 phabulous innings from Doug Fister, the Tigers took game one of the weekend series with the Phillies, 2-1.
Fister allowed only 3 hits, struck out 6, walked 1, allowed only 1 unearned run, and lowered his ERA to 3.67 tonight at Comerica Park.
The Tigers had a patchwork lineup today, with Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Omar infante all out with injuries. There wasn’t much hitting to speak of, the Tigers only managed 6 hits off of Philly pitching. All the damage was done in the 5th inning when Hernan Perez walked with one out. Ramon Santiago followed with a double putting runners at second and third. Alex Avila then drove in both Perez and Santiago when he pounded a double into the gap in left center giving Fister a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.
Joaquin Benoit came on in the 9th to earn his 10th save of the season. allowing only a lead off single to Jimmy Rollins.
The Tigers and Phillies are back at it tomorrow night when Scherzer goes for his 15th win of the season.
I’m getting very concerned about Infante’s injury. If he can’t come back, that gives the Tigers a hole at second and left field. I know it is a small sample but I don’t think Hernan Perez is an everyday second baseman, at least not yet. He made an error tonight that led to Philly’s only run. I guess the bigger concern is if Miggy is out for a while and Fielder doesn’t hit, this could get ugly, soon.
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