Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers is attended to after he was struck in the mask by a batted ball in the third inning at Fenway Park May 31, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Avila left the game. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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|WP: Max Scherzer (5 - 3)
LP: Josh Beckett (4 - 5)
It's hard to sweep a team during a four-game series. Good thing. The Tigers finally scored more than a handful of runs and received a win as a reward for their efforts. Red Sox fans will have to store their brooms for another series.
Quite a few Tigers batters had multi-hit games. What helped push the Tigers over the top was the ability to get a few runs home when there were two outs on the board. Prince Fielder knocked in a pair of runs and Delmon Young one of his own. That's more two-out RBI than Detroit's prior two games combined.
It wasn't only that of course. Detroit had 14 hits, including a home run, a triple and a pair of doubles. The top five in the batting order combined for 10 hits -- Quintin Berry and Delmon Young had three hits apiece, and Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each had two. (Only Brennan Boesch went hitless among the first five.)
But I've learned my lesson: No predicting the offense might finally be shaking the dust off and waking up.
On the other end of things, Max Scherzer didn't run his strikeout count up quite as high, but worked his way through six innings of three-run ball. He got in a little trouble early when Jarrod Saltalamacchia took him out of the park and Scott Podsednik doubled in a run. He also gave up the game-tying run in the bottom of the third when "Salty" drove in another run. But that was the last run Boston scored for the game.
Detroit returns from the 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record, having been swept by the Indians, sweeping the Twins and nearly being swept by the Red Sox. The Tigers have also been on the road for 19 of the last 24 games. (Not that they did real well at home in between the road trips, being swept by the Twins at Comerica Park in a two-game series). While the Tigers have certainly disappointed, realizing the team hardly had a chance to enjoy home-cooking during a four-week period is a bit of context to keep in mind.
Finally, must mention that Alex Avila appears to be fine. He left the game after ... something. Not exactly sure what happened, but his mask appeared to slide down and got hit at just the wrong moment. A gash on Avila's nose resulted in blood. He left the game as a precaution but seems to be fine. He's a tough cookie.
Delmon Young - HR, 3 hits
Quintin Berry - 3 hits, 2 stolen bases, 1 nice catch
Prince Fielder - 2 hits, a walk .. A TRIPLE.
Brennan Boesch - 0-for-4
Jhonny Peralta - 0-for-3
Blood on Alex Avila's nose scaring the heck out of all the fans.
GAME 50 POG
Miguel Cabrera got 100 percent of the vote. You'd think that it was fixed or something.
Game 51 POG
Berry (358 votes)
Fielder (58 votes)
Young (55 votes)
471 total votes