After an emotional come from behind victory last night the Tigers fell to the White Sox today. That coupled with another Indians victory over the Astros and the Tigers’ magic number remains at 2.
Anibal Sanchez didn’t have it today. He surrendered 4 earned over 5 innings, striking out 6 while walking 2.
The Tigers made a bid to repeat last night’s 9th inning magic but fell short when Austin Jackson struck out swinging.
Jackson was hitless again today taking an 0-4 dropping his batting average to .269.
I didn’t see this one coming. After last night’s heroics and Sanchez on the mound I really thought the Tigers would pull off the sweep.
In another interesting move, The Puppet Master had Brayan Pena pinch hit for Alex Avila to lead off the 9th. Alex was 3-3 and has been swinging a hot bat. In fact, his batting average is closing in on .230. Not bad for a guy who was hitting in the .160s in June. With left-hander Donnie Veal pitching I guess he was playing the left right match-up, and it did work out, Pena doubled, but it seemed like a questionable move to me at least.
Anyway, there’s not much more to say about this game other than Fielder’s home run the game was kind of a dud.
Hopefully the Tigers can get back on track in Minnesota tomorrow and clinch the division ASAP.
Verlander against Pelfrey in the opener.
God, I love baseball.” – Roy Hobbs | The Natural