The Tigers starting pitching today was better than it has been all week. Anibal Sanchez lasted 6 and 2/3 surrendering only 3 runs.
Omar Infante had a day, he hit two homers and drove in 5 runs. He hit a three run shot in the second and a two run shot in the 6th.
The impressive inning for Sanchez was the fifth. With the Tigers up 4-1, the Indians put runners at the corners with nobody out. Sanchez was able to get Lonnie Chisenhall to pop out. He struck out Ian Gomes, gave up an RBI single to Michael Bourne, then struck Nick Swisher out to end the inning. Sanchez was able to avoid a big inning and keep the Tigers in the lead surrendering only 1 run.
I wasn’t at the game, so I couldn’t see, but was Dirks or Hunter hustling to backup Ajax when he ran into the wall and hurt himself in the top of the 8th? It looked like it took Dirks a long time to get the ball.
It was also in was nice to see the Tigers come back and put runs on the board in the bottom of the 8th after the Indians cut the Tigers lead to 6-5.
Lead by Austin Jackson’s 2 run triple, the Tigers put up four more runs in the bottom of the 8th to extend the lead to 10-5.
Iggy continues to impress, this time with his offense. In the bottom of the 8th after Jacskon’s two run triple, Jim Leyland put the squeeze play on with Iggy at the plate. The first pitch Iggy saw was a fast ball over his head but he found a way to get the bunt down allowing Jackson to score on the play.
Also, kind of under the radar, Brayan Pena has had a really nice season at the plate. He was 2-4 tonight and his hitting .313 on the season. This is huge considering the Tigers have gotten relatively little in the way of offense from the often injured Alex Avila.
Jose Veras didn’t look good. He gave up three hits, two earned runs, and several hard hit balls in his one inning of work.
Verlander gets the call tomorrow as the Tigers go for the sweep. I don’t know what to expect but I’ll hope for the best. I’ll take 7 innings with 3 earned runs or less.
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