On a cold autumn night in Detroit the Tigers got Just enough. They got just enough starting pitching. Just enough offense. Just enough relief pitching.
JV turned in a typical 2013 JV outing. He went 6 and 2/3. He allowed 9 hits, 3 earned runs and struck out 7 while throwing 111 pitches.
The inning that bothered me was the top of the 6th. After the Tigers scored 3 runs to extend the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the 5th, JV gave two back in the top half of the 6th. I know it was a 5 run lead but the old JV made a habit of putting up zeroes after his team got him some runs. That being said, It was a quality start and the Tigers will take it.
After continuing to make Bruce Chen look like Cliff Lee for 3 more innings, the Tigers finally got 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th to take a 6-1 lead. Torii Hunter and Prince fielder each drove in 3 runs and provided the bulk of the Tigers offensive output tonight. Prince increased his RBI total to 102.
Jose Veras is scaring me. He pitched 1/3 of an inning. Walked 1 and hit another batter. Veras threw 11 total pitches and only 3 of them were strikes. The Tigers can’t have guys coming out of the bullpen that can’t find the strike zone. He’s officially on the list.
Billy Butler continues to own JV with 2 more hits against him tonight. Verlander has to find a way to get him out or just start walking him. This is getting ridiculous now.
Fister and Santana face off tomorrow. Let’s hope the Tigers don’t continue the trend of winning the first game of a three game set then dropping the final two.
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