Raburn’s Grand Slam Powers Detroit Tigers Past Chicago White Sox
This one got off to a rough start for the Tigers and their starting pitcher Brad Penny. Penny was nicked for two runs in the opening inning and was in and out of trouble after that. In the 4th inning, the Tiger offense erupted for 6 runs, 4 coming on a Ryan Raburn grand slam homer.
White Sox starter Jake Peavey had breezed through the first three innings until Detroit put together some timely hits and took advantage of some walks issued by Peavey. One of those walks came on a 13 pitch at-bat by Miguel Cabrera which seemed to take a lot out of Peavey. After the Tigers had tied the game at 2-2, Peavey intentionally walked Alex Avila to load the bases and pitch to the struggling Ryan Raburn. Raburn crushed the first pitch he saw into the left-field bullpen giving the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Sox added a run in the next inning, but Miguel Cabrera hit his 13th homer of the season in the 6th inning to put the Tigers up 7-3, and that’s how it ended.
The Tigers take two of three in Chicago and pull to within two and a half games of first-place Cleveland, who lost again to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers swept the Indians in a four game series in Cleveland and are riding a 5-game winning streak. That’s where the Tigers are heading next. To Arlington, Texas to play the red-hot Rangers. The weather is also expected to be near 100 degrees for the 7:05 pm start. Max Scherzer is scheduled to pitch for Detroit. Scherzer started the season 6-0, but has given up seven runs in his last two starts. After three games in Texas, the Tigers come home to face the Seattle Mariners, then the Cleveland Indians. If the Tigers have a good week, they could be battling for first place when Cleveland comes to town.