Sunday, April 8, 2012

Alex Avila Hits a Walkoff Home Run as the Tigers Win in Extra Innings

Miguel Cabrera came up with 2 on in the 9th and hit a 3 run homer to tie the game at 10-10.

Joaquin Benoit gave up 2 runs in the top of the 11th inning. Benoit threw 20 pitches in yesterday's game, and threw 44 pitches today. Benoit seemed to be tired before the 11th inning began, and struggled to locate his pitches in the 11th inning. The game is over, right?

Not so fast.

The Tigers went on to score 1 run in the bottom of the inning on a Delmon Young sac fly, and with 2 outs in the 11th and 2 strikes on him, Alex Avila hits a 2 run walkoff homer to give the Tigers a 13-12 victory!

Todays starter Max Scherzer struggled giving up 7 runs in 2 and 2/3rds innings. Scherzer didn't have much of a problem getting ahead in the count against hitters, but he couldn't put them away. The Tigers had given him a 4-0 lead after the 1st inning, and 5-2 lead after the 2nd inning. Scherzer ended up with a no decision.

Scherzer will have to be much better than he was today, especially with Doug Fister currently on the DL.

Colin Balester came in after Scherzer and went 2 and 2/3rds innings in his Tigers debut giving up only 1 run that came from Daniel Schlereth giving up a 2 run homer to Adrian Gonzalez. Phil Coke, Brayan Villarreal, Octavio Dotel, and Duane Below also made appearances for the Tigers.

The Tigers offense was led by Austin Jackson who had 4 hits, Jhonny Peralta who had a 3 RBI double and Prince Fielder also had a hit in the 1st inning to give him 1,000 for his career; Cabrera had 5 RBI for the game.

The Tigers have an off day tommorrow and play Tuesday when the Rays come to Comerica as Matt Moore will pitch against Rick Porcello.

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