The Mighty Miggy and Joaquin Benoit bailed the Tigers out and helped to avoid a three game sweep to end the 10 game road trip.
This game looked ugly, early. Rick Porcello required 37 pitches to get out of the first inning and when he did, the Tigers were down 3-0.
Ricky settled down after the first. He put up zeroes for the next 5 innings and was able to go 6 complete. He allowed 3 earned runs, walked 1 and struck out 4. What is kind of troubling however, is that he surrendered 11 hits and didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning. In fact, no Tiger pitcher recorded a 1-2-3 inning today.
With the Tigers trailing 3-0 in the 3rd, The Mighty Miggy got the Tigers even with a 3 run bomb with Austin Jackson and Bryan Holaday scoring in front of him.
The Tigers got 3 more runs in the 6th to take a 6-3 lead. With one out, Victor singled then went to 3rd on a Matt Tuiasosopo single. This was a very encouraging sign because it actually looked like Victor was running well. Victor scored when Omar Infante singled breaking the tie and giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead. I was hoping for a big clutch hit from someone else in the lineup, to break the game open, but it never came. The next two runs were scored on a Conor Gillaspie throwing error on a ground ball off the bat of Austin Jacskon. I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, but a clutch hit would have been better than a throwing error. However, with the way things have been going lately, I’ll take it.
In the bottom of the 7th, it looked like Jose Iggy Iglesias chose the wrong time to make his first fielding error as a Tiger. With two out, Jeff Keppinger, hit a routine ground ball to short that Iggy booted. Drew Smyly then walked Conor Gillaspie. When Dayan Viciedo was announced as a pinch hitter for Tyler Flowers. Jim Leyland countered by bringing in the Amazing Al and I thought the flood gates were about to open. But, to my and the Tigers’ delight, Alburquerque got Viciedo to fly out and end the threat.
Jose Veras is beginning to scare me. He came out to pitch the 9th and with one out gave up a run on two walks and a single. This basically forced Leyland into bringing in Benoit for a 5 out save. Benoit got Dunn and Garcia on strikes to end the inning and the threat and eventually got the save.
This win wasn’t pretty but it was needed. It would have been a real downer to end the road trip at 5-5, especially with a sweep at the hands of the White Sox.
The Tigers are back home tomorrow for a 5 game series with the Royals.
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