Max Scherzer improved his record to 17-1 as the Tigers pounded the Indians and swept the 4 games series. Max pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, struck out 5 and walked on to earn his 17th win of the season.
The Tigers offense exploded in the 3rd when Indians starter Zach McAllister couldn’t throw strikes. They scored six runs, 4 on back to back doubles by Fielder and Martinez. They added 2 runs in the both the 4th and 5th innings and cruised to their 12 consecutive victory.
After 5 innings, the Tigers led 10-1. I was expecting Miguel Cabrera, and possibly Prince Fielder, to come out of the game for some rest with the game well in hand but that didn’t happen. Both Fielder and Cabrera played the entire game.
I’m a little confused. Last night in a one run game, Jim Leyland pull Miggy out of the game for a defensive replacement and to rest his ailing hip. Tonight, with a 9 run lead, he’s left in to play the whole game. Perhaps, the thinking was that a defensive replacement in yesterday’s game might help preserve the lead and avoid extra innings? I’m not sure. But as it turned out, the Indians tied the game and Miggy missed at least 2 more at bats. If that is the thinking, I can understand not pulling Miggy for defensive purposes, but how about to rest his injury. Nothing seems to make sense but it’s hard to complain with the role the Tigers are on.
I guess the Important thing is that Andy Dirks started and played the whole game. I’m not sure if the Tigers could have survived if Dirksy didn’t play. He did have two hits and an RBI but they came when the game was well in hand. In the third inning, with no score, Dirksy came up with the bases loaded and nobody out and promptly struck out on three pitches, all fast balls, up in the zone.
I think I’ve diagnosed a new illness. It is very rare and only known to affect one person to date, The illness is Dirksburger syndrome. Similar to Assburger syndrome when the sufferer sees everybody’s behind as a cheeseburger, Dirksburger syndrome is more concentrated. Those inflicted have this nagging neuroses that requires them to insert Andy Dirks into the lineup of a baseball game no matter what the circumstances are. It is rare, never fatal, but could prevent the Tigers from ending their 29 year World Series drought.
In the 9th inning, Indians manager, Terry Francona, brought our old friend Ryan Rayburn in to pitch, and he looked pretty good, actually. He retired the Tigers 1-2-3 and got Tui for a swinging K.
On to New York City, the city so nice they named it twice. Hopefully Ricky can keep the wagon rolling.
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