Detroit Tigers Win #90, Beat Royals 6-3
The Tigers got some clutch hitting tonight and some good pitching to win their 90th game of the season. Victor Martinez batted cleanup tonight as Miguel Cabrera got the night off. Martinez drove home three of the the Tigers’ 6 runs to keep Detroit in the game through the middle innings. In the 8th the Tigers took the lead for good when Cabrera came off the bench to pinch-hit and lined the first pitch he saw down the right-field line for an RBI double to make the score 4-3 Tigers. Don Kelly would put the exclamation point on this rally with a two-run homer and the Tigers led 6-3.
Max Scherzer started the game and pitched 5 innings, allowing two runs. Doug Fister came out of the bullpen to throw the next three, and surrendered an unearned run after right fielder Ryan Raburn booted a ball to allow the Royals to tie the game at 3-3 in the 6th. Fister got credit for the win (he’s 7-1 since joining the Tigers) as Jim Leyland had two of his starters throwing in tonight’s game to set his rotation for the playoffs. Jose Valverde got his 47th save in 47 opportunities, but let the Royals make a game of it as he put two runners on in the 9th.
The Tigers will play the last 7 games of the regular season at Comerica Park, starting a 4-game series with the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow night. Rookie Jacob Turner will get his 3rd big league start in tomorrow night’s game against Baltimore’s Zach Britton. 7:05 pm first pitch.
The Tigers are still jockeying for home-field advantage in the playoffs. They trail the Yankees (who have 94 wins) and are neck and neck with the Texas Rangers who lead the AL West with 90 wins. The remaining games still have some meaning. The Tigers announced that they will put tickets for the American League Championship Series on sale Monday morning at 10. They would need to win the ALDS first for those tickets to be usable. www.tigers.com/postseason or 866-66-TIGER There will be a 4 ticket limit per purchase.