Sunday, June 3, 2012

Omir Santos and the Tigers Have a 4-3 Walkoff Win

The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees Tonight 4-3.

The Tigers got on the board first with a monster solo home run by Miguel Cabrera in the 4th inning that traveled 466 feet. The Tigers added to their lead in the 5th after a single by Don Kelly, who moved to 2nd base on a sacrifice bunt by Omir Santos. Quintin Berry went on to drive Kelly in with a single and it was 2-0 Tigers.

Rick Porcello pitched well tonight going 6 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 batters.

After the Yankees would go on to tie the game thanks to a blown save in the 8th inning by Octavio Dotel (who was in the game because Joaquin Benoit left after the 7th inning with tightness in his pitching arm), Miguel Cabrera responded again with another monster home run shot, this time going 444 feet and it gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead; Cabrera has 11 home runs this season.

Jose Valverde came in to close the game out, but had no control at all. He hit the first batter he faced, walked the 2nd batter, after getting 1 out, he hit another batter, and with 2 outs walked in a run to make it a 3-3 game. Luckily, that's what the score was after the top of the 9th inning.

The Tigers came back in the bottom of the 9th though with singles by Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta to have runners on 1st and 3rd. The Yankees would walk Ramon Santiago to load the bases trying for a double play, but Omir Santos sent the fans home happy with a walkoff sacrifice fly.

Justin Verlander (5-3 2.55 ERA) starts the series finale tommorrow against Phil Hughes (4-5 5.64 ERA).

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