The first half of this season the Tigers were a team that was waiting to get it together. It took a while, but it's happening in a big way for Detroit as the Tigers came from behind with a pair of pinch-hit homers in the 9th from Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila to tie the game at 5-5. Victor Martinez doubled in the Tiger half of the 10th and was replaced by pinch-runner Will Rymes, who promptly score
The last time Justin Verlander pitched, Victor Martinez made sure he got his 22nd win by belting a grand slam to beat Cleveland. Tonight, V-Mart hit a 3-run blast in the 6th inning of what was a 1-0 game at the time. That put Detroit and Verlander up 4-0. The Tigers would add one more run to beat the White Sox 5-0. It was the 11th win in a row for Detroit and the 11th straight win for Verlande
Rick Porcello got off to a rough start, walking two and loading the bases in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox. He would find a way to wriggle out of that jam trailing only 1-0, then got into a groove to shut down the Sox while his offense continued to put a beat-down on Chicago pitching. The Tigers pounded out 21 hits en route to a 14-4 laugher over the Sox. The Tiger magic number
This was a day when everybody in the lineup padded their stats. Andy Dirks came in as a defensive replacement after the game was already out of hand and had 4 RBI on two hits. Everything the Tigers hit tonight was falling in. They hit balls hard, they hit bloopers and nubbers, everything fell in safely for hits. The Tigers had a season-high 24 hits. Miguel Cabrera hit another long homer tonig
Brad Penny has struggled this season as a Tiger pitcher. He didn't get much help from his defense today and that set the stage for a fun day for Chicago hitters. An error on what could have been an inning-ending doubleplay in the 4th led to 5 White Sox runs (4 unearned) and the Tigers were down 6-1. Penny didn't help himself much in the next inning, allowing back-to-back jacks and suddenly the
Chicago pitcher John Danks wasn't ready for the Tigers in the first inning of tonight's game. When Miguel Cabrera stole second base off Danks in the first (his catcher didn't have a chance to throw out the lumbering Tiger slugger), you had to know that this might be a good night for the team from "The D". Cabrera ended up scoring on a bloop single to left by Alex Avila, and the Tigers
Max Scherzer didn't have his best control today, and a base on balls in the second inning put a runner on base for White Sox rookie outfielder Al De Aza to reach the bleachers with a 2-run homer in his first at-bat in the Big Leagues this season. To his credit, Scherzer held the Sox in check the rest of the way.
When the Tigers have really needed a win this season, Justin Verlander has delivered time and time again. Tonight, Verlander gave up 2-run homers to the struggling slugger Adam Dunn (.160 batting ave.) and to Paul Konerko (Chicago's best hitter). Verlander would strike both of them out in the bottom of the 8th after the Tigers took a 5-4 lead.
The Tigers entered tonight's game with Central Division rival Chicago with a 2-game lead over 2nd-place Cleveland and a 4 and a half game lead over the 3rd-place White Sox. It was a golden opportunity to open up some distance between Detroit and the teams pursuing the Tigers.
The Tigers start the second half of the 2011 season tonight with a big 3-game series at home against their division rivals the Chicago White Sox. Detroit begins the stretch drive in a tie for first place with Cleveland, who won last night while the Tigers enjoyed another off day. The American League Central