Thursday, July 5, 2012
Prince Fielder's 3 Run Homer Leads the Tigers to a 7-3 Win
The Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins today 7-3
Rick Porcello left after he was hit on a line drive in the 4th inning, but his stat line doesn't show poor defense and several infield hits and bloop hits. While he gave up many hits, not many were hit hard. He went 3 and 2/3 innings, gave up 3 runs on 12 hits and walked 1 batter.
Darin Downs came in for relief and got the last out of the 4th inning.
After a lead off double in the 4th by Austin Jackson, he advanced to 3rd base on a fly ball by Ryan Raburn, then scored on a single from Miguel Cabrera and made it a 3-1 game.
Darin Downs came back out and pitched a scoreless 5th inning.
The Tigers offense got going again in the bottom of the 5th after an infield single by Jhonny Peralta, which advanced him to 2nd base after a fielding error, then Brennan Boesch hit a double to drive in Peralta and made it a 3-2 game.
Downs threw a scoreless 6th inning and then got the first 2 outs of the 7th inning. If you haven't heard of Downs' story, please read this link.
Octavio Dotel got the last out of the 7th inning and pitched a scoreless 8th inning; he ended up getting the win.
Austin Jackson hit a one out triple in the 8th inning with some great hustle, then Quintin Berry had a pinch-hit walk, and Miguel Cabrera hit a single to score Jackson, and the hit advanced Berry to 3rd base, then Prince Fielder broke a 3-3 tie with a 3-run home run; it's his 13th of the season.
Delmon Young was up next and hit a solo home run to give the Tigers back-to-back home runs; it's his 7th of the season and gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless 9th inning and got the Tigers the win.
The Tigers open up a 3 game home series tommorrow against the Kansas City Royals as Drew Smyly (3-3 4.54 ERA) takes on Jonathan Sanchez (1-4 6.80 ERA).
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