Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Miguel Cabrera & Prince Fielder Hit Back-to-Back Homers in a 7-5 Tigers Win

The Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox tonight 7-5.

After the Red Sox took an early 1-0 lead, the Tigers responded in the 4th inning with a double by Prince Fielder, then Brennan Boesch hit a single to score Fielder and it tied the game 1-1.

The Tigers came back in the 5th inning with singles from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta, then a sacrifice bunt from Austin Jackson to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out for Austin Jackson who hit a single to score Avila and Peralta advanced to 3rd on the hit. Quintin Berry was up next and hit a ground ball to 2nd base which scored Peralta and Jackson advanced to 2nd base. Jackson got to 3rd base on a wild pitch, then Miguel Cabrera hit a 2-run home run; it's his 26th of the season. Prince Fielder was up next and hit a solo home run to give the Tigers back-to-back home runs; it's his 17th of the season and gave the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

Rick Porcello pitched very well through the first 5 innings, but ran into some trouble in the 6th inning. He went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 batters; he won his 8th game of the season.

Phil Coke came in for relief and struggled a bit, but got the last out of the 6th inning. Coke was brought out for the 7th inning, but after giving up a solo home run, he was pulled. Octavio Dotel came in and pitched the 7th inning.

Delmon Young added a run in the 8th inning for the Tigers with a solo home run; it's his 12th of the season and gave the Tigers a 7-5 lead.

Joaquin Benoit came in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and Jose Valverde pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to earn his 21st save of the season and he got the Tigers the win.

The Tigers have an off day tommorrow, but start a 3 game home series on Friday with the Cleveland Indians as Anibal Sanchez (5-8 4.11 ERA) pitches against Justin Masterson (7-9 4.47 ERA).

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