Friday, May 25, 2012

Alex Avila Leads Tigers Offense In 10-6 Victory

The Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins tonight 10-6.

Bad defense by Jhonny Peralta led to 2 runs scoring in the bottom of the first inning for the Twins in the first inning, but the Tigers responded in the top of the 2nd inning with singles by Prince Fielder and Delmon Young, followed up by a RBI double for Brennan Boesch. Alex Avila had a 10 pitch at-bat that led to a 2 RBI double, and Quintin Berry had a RBI single to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

The Tigers came back in the 4th inning with a double by Brennan Boesch followed by a RBI double from Alex Avila. Ryan Raburn was next and hit a single to score Alex Avila and the Tigers extended their lead to 6-2.

After the Twins scoring a run in the bottom of the 4th, the Tigers responded in the 5th. After a walk, and stolen base (speed kills) by Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder drove him in with a double.

It would be plenty for Drew Smyly who didn't pitch well, but did enough to win his 2nd game of the season going 5 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2 batters.

Brayan Villarreal came in and was trying his best acting job of the 2006 World Series by having 3 bad fielding plays that cost the Tigers 2 runs.

The Tigers came back though in the 7th inning. After bunt single and stolen base by Quintin Berry, Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked. Prince Fielder came up and hit a RBI single, and Delmon Young followed that up with a RBI double. Brennan Boesch was next and hit a RBI single (well, kinda) to give the Tigers a 10-5 lead.

Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde finished the game and the Tigers got the win.

Max Scherzer (3-3 5.73 ERA) takes on Carl Pavano (2-3 4.91 ERA).

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