Aided by Alex Avila’s first career grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1.
This was a pitchers dual until the 6th when Prince Fielder took an off speed pitch the other way to single with one out. Martinez followed with a double and Peralta walked to load the bases. After Dirks struck out, A Squared Money, aka Alex Avila, took a 96 mph, Starsburg, fastball out to right field giving the Tigers a 5-1 lead.
Avila finished the night 1-4 and has his batting average up to .195.
Andy Dirks had two hits including a double in the 4th that drove in the Tigers first run tying the game at 1.
What I was most impressed with today was the defense of Miguel Cabrera. He made two outstanding plays. The first, came in the 1st inning with Bryce Harper at 3rd after a lead off triple. Anthony Rendon hit a ground ball to third that Miggy snagged, keeping Harper at third, and getting Rendon at first. The second, Flashin Leather play by Miggy, came in the 5th when he robbed Wilson Ramos of a double. When Miggy first came to the Tigers, his play at 3rd was not good. However, I thought he turned himself into a good first baseman and since he moved back to third his glove is underrated. Miggy is a complete player, not just a slugger. The only downside to Miggy’s leather flashin is that he appeared to aggravate something after his play on Ramos and came out of the game in the top of the 8th. Let’s hope its nothing serious.
Anibal Sanchez pitched 7 solid innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits and got the win, improving his record to 9-7.
JV goes tomorrow against Gio Gonzalez. JV needs a good outing. Game time is 1:05 pm.
Update: I forgot to mention, newly acquired, Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 8th and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 9th. Again, Leyland brought Benoit in, his supposed closer, in a non-save situation. Perhaps he wanted to get Benoit the work? He hadn’t pitched since the first game in the Philly series. I don’t know but I’m not sure I get it.
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