Courtesy of their 6-2 victory this evening over the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers have now won four in a row on the road and assured themselves of winning this four game series in Chicago, regardless of what Verlander does tomorrow.
Anibal Sanchez pitched 6 complete allowing six hits, 0 runs, walking 1 and striking out 5. The offense was powered by a Prince Fielder 3 run shot, solo home runs by Jackson and Hunter, and would you believe it, an RBI single from Alex Avila
As Avila walked to the batter’s box for his third at bat, I was thinking of how bad he’s been struggling. I haven’t researched the numbers but he seems to get caught looking an awful lot. And when he does, he walks away with a blank look that seems to be saying, ‘I don’t have a clue’. Fortunately, he singled and drove in the 6th run.
The last few games I’ve been impressed with Hernan Perez. He had two more hits tonight and was robbed of a third on a great play by White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie. If he keeps this up, the Tigers might have a hard time sending him down when Infante gets back and keeping Santiago on the bench.
I was also impressed with Bruce Rondon. Even though he gave up a run on two hits I thought he showed some composure. The single that drove in the run was a bloop hit off the end of the bat. Instead of getting flustered, Rondon got the next batter to ground into an inning ending double play.
Benoit was brought in, again, tonight to get the final two outs in a non-save situation. I didn’t get it yesterday. I still don’t get it today. Is he the closer or not? As Sark commented yesterday, he probably won’t be available should he be needed tomorrow.
On a different note, the White Sox look horrible. They look a lot worse than they did a few weeks ago when they took 2 out of 3 at Comerica Park. I’m wondering if they have quit on Robin Ventura. Let’s hope we see more of the same tomorrow.
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