The Tigers beat up on the White Sox and their pitching tonight and got Max Scherzer his 20th win of the season.
They jumped on White Sox starter, Dylan Axelrod, early and often. The Tigers put 7 runs on him and got the bullpen for five more.
Scherzer put in a quality start going 6 complete, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs, while walking 1 and striking out 3.
The Puppet Master had Good Ole Dirksy in left field tonight and he paid dividends right away with a two run single in the first to give the Tigers an early two run lead. Dirks would finish the game 3 for 4 raising his batting average to .261.
A few areas of mild concern are Miggy and Jose Alvarez. Miggy was 1-5 tonight and left 6 runners on base. Jose Alvarez pitched one inning and allowed 3 hits and two earned runs. I say mild concern but I’m a little more than mildly concerned about Miggy. I know he’s still hitting .346 but his batting average has been slowly dropping this month and he’s been struggling to drive in runs. I hope it is just a little slump but I can’t help worrying about his nagging injuries. It is going to be hard to make long playoff run with Miggy struggling to drive in runs.
The good news is that the Tigers won, Max got his 20th, and the magic number is down to 3. Hopefully, they can clinch this weekend.
I hope the Tigers saved some runs for tomorrow because they’re going to need all they can get. They’ll face White Sox ace, and Cy Young contender, Chris Sale.
I’m looking for a big game from Ricky tomorrow.
God, I love baseball.” – Roy Hobbs | The Natural