The Tigers beat the Phillies 12-4 today sweeping the weekend series.
This was one of the strangest games I’ve witnessed. The Tigers fell behind early and it looked like they weren’t going to score many runs. They failed to score after loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the third.
What made this game strange?
- With the bases loaded, two out and Miguel Cabrera at bat, home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, ejected Miggy from the game for arguing balls and strikes.
- Matt Tuiasosopo replaced Miggy, inherited his two strike count, and got caught looking to end the inning.
- In the bottom of the 6th and the scored tied at 3, the Tigers scored 8 runs, all unearned, on two hits, and three Phillies errors.
For me the key to the big inning, and the game, was Victor Martinez’s at bat in the bottom of the 6th. This was one of the better at bats I’ve seen from a Tiger all year. With three runs already across and two out, Victor worked a walk, driving in the fourth run of the inning with an 11 pitch at bat. He fouled off 5 pitches with two strikes. This allowed Jhonny Peralta to step to the plate and hit a grand slam that broke the game wide open and effectively put it out of reach.
Ramon Santiago had 3 hits including two bunt singles. Prince Fielder is concerning me a little. He was 0 for 5 with 11 runners left on base and his batting average is down to .261. This could become a real problem if it continues.
The Nationals are in town Tuesday.
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