Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Austin Jackson's 14th Home Run Helps the Tigers to a 5-3 Win

The Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox tonight 5-3.

The White Sox took an early 2-0 lead tonight, but the Tigers responded in the 5th inning after a single by Omar Infante, then a 2-run home run from Austin Jackson; it's his 14th of the season. Miguel Cabrera eventually came up and hit a solo home run to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead; it's his 36th of the season.

The Tigers tried to add to their lead in the 7th inning with walks to Omar Infante (yes, he really drew a walk) and Austin Jackson, then Andy Dirks bunted the runners to 2nd and 3rd which led to Miguel Cabrera being intentionally walked to load the bases with 1 out for Prince Fielder who had a hard line out, then Delmon Young ended the inning without a run being scored. Hey Leyland, has anyone ever told you to not take the bat out of your best hitters hands?

Doug Fister did well tonight. He pitched 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 batters; he earned his 9th win of the season.

Detroit added to their lead in the 8th inning after Avisail Garcia was hit-by-the-pitch to leadoff the inning, then Jhonny Peralta hit a single, and Garcia got to 3rd base on the hit, then Alex Avila hit a single to drive in Garcia. Omar Infante was up next and tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but beat it out for an infield single. With the bases loaded, Andy Dirks hit a single to drive in Peralta and the Tigers took a 5-2 lead.

Joaquin Benoit came in and gave up 1 run (on 3 cheap hits) in the 8th inning.

Jose Valverde came in and pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 29th save of the season.

The Tigers continue their series against the White Sox tommorrow as Max Scherzer (15-6 3.85 ERA) takes on Gavin Floyd (9-9 4.55 ERA).

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