Behind a fantastic performance by Doug Fister, the Tigers beat the White Sox 2-1 tonight at Comerica Park to win their 6th straight on the current home-stand.
Fister was dealing. He pitched 8 complete, allowed only 1 earned run on 7 hits. He struck out 2 and walked none on only 88 pitches.
Benoit came in and closed the game out pitching a scoreless 9th.
The offense was led by Prince Fielder, Jose Iglesias, who played 3rd for the ailing Miguel Cabrera, and Austin Jackson.
In the Tigers’ half of the fourth, Prince Fielder led off with a double and moved to 3rd on a Victor Martinez fly out. Jhonny Peralta followed Martinez with a fly ball but it wasn’t deep enough to score Fielder. That brought Iglesias to the plate with two out and Fielder at third. In his first game as a Tiger, Iglesias delivered a line drive, base hit, to right that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 5th Austin Jackson hit a solo shot to give Tigers a 2-0 lead and Fister and Benoit made it stand up.
The key moment in the game came in the top of the 8th. With the Tigers leading 2-1, Dayan Viciedo led off with a single. Jordan Danks came in to pinch-run. Gordon Beckham came to the plate and with a 3-1 count hit a ground ball just to the right of second. However, the hit and run was on so Santiago was moving toward second on the pitch. This was a fortunate break for the Tigers because instead of a single up the middle, Santiago was able to field the grounder, step on second and fire to first for a double play.
I really hope Miggy gets well soon. I’m not sure how long the Tigers can keep rolling without him. Also, it is a small sample but the rumors look true regarding newly acquired Jose Iglesias. He looks very smooth in the field. His demeanor reminds me of the Orioles Manny Machado. I’m not sure how much he’s going to hit, but it looks like he can flash leather.
The Tigers picked up a game on the Tribe who got pounded in Miami 10-0.
Scherzer goes for his 16th win tomorrow night.
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