Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mariners Sweep Tigers at Home for 2nd Straight Season

The Detroit Tigers were swept by the Seattle Mariners with a 5-4 loss today.

How else did this game start? A 3 run home run by Justin Smoak who was in a 0-15 slump. I know this is hard to believe, but the Seattle offense really isn't as good as they've looked in this series.

Rick Porcello did well after the first inning, where he gave up the 3 run home run to Smoak, but after that gave up only 2 runs in the next 5 and 2/3rds innings he pitched. It was not a great start, but it was a nice comeback by Porcello after a bad first inning.

The Tigers offense didn't have a hit till the 5th inning. They had several hard hit balls right at the defense and a blown call, but a Don Kelly bloop single in the 5th inning followed by an error by Alex Liddi on a hit from Jhonny Peralta started a rally by the Tigers. Ryan Raburn had a RBI single, but Gerald Laird ended the inning after hitting into a double play. The Tigers got back at it though in the 6th inning with Andy Dirks leading off with a triple, and then Brennan Boesch drove him in with a RBI single. Then, right on cue, Miguel Cabrera tied the game with his 6th home run on the season.

With the home run by Miguel Cabrera, he now has the most home run's hit at Comerica Park with 77. Brandon Inge was tied with 76 before, so it's a great thing to have Inge off the record books.

The Tigers came back in the bottom of the 7th inning after a misplay by Brennan Boesch allowed a run to score for Seattle. An infield single by Jhonny Peralta started the inning, and then Ryan Raburn moved him to 2nd base with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Avila came in to pinch hit for Gerald Laird, and drew a walk; Peralta moved over to 3rd base after a wild pitch. Andy Dirks grounded out leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs for Brenann Boesch. After getting ahead 3-1 in the count, he chased ball 4 then grounded out to the shortstop and ended the inning.

The Tigers didn't get anything going in the 8th, but in the 9th Don Kelly led off with a single. Jhonny Peralta bunted him to 2nd base and Ryan Raburn had an infield single (I thought it was an error), but Alex Avila hit into a double play to end the game.

The Tigers head to New York for a 3 game road series tommorow as Justin Verlander takes on Ivan Nova.

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