The Tigers’ 7-6 victory this afternoon at Comerica Park is one of the biggest wins of the season. The Tigers, are struggling, especially, their starting pitching, but found a way to avoid a 4 game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics.
It wasn’t the way I hoped the Tigers would win, by Max Scherzer clearly establishing himself as the ace of the Tigers staff, but a win is a win. We’ll take it.
For the 4th consecutive day a Tigers starter has failed to last more than five innings. Today, Max lasted 5 innings, allowed 8 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, walked 1 and struck out 5. Fortunately, the bullpen and offense bailed him out.
Luke Putkonen was really outstanding today. He relived Scherzer in the 6th and stopped the bleeding. He pitched two innings gave up two hits, and struck out four. Putkonen’s solid outing couldn’t have come at better time.
Veras and Benoit each pitched a scoreless inning as well.
The Tigers’ offense scratched out 4 runs, with two out, in the bottom of the 9th off of A’s reliever Grant Balfour. The big hit was Torii Hunter’s two run, center field, blast to walk the game off.
The Tribe come to Detroit for a big three game series. The Tigers are 6 games up with Cleveland facing the Braves in about 30 minutes. Let’s hope Ricky doesn’t continue this four game, starting pitching funk. The Tigers could use a long start out of him tomorrow.
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