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Doug Fister went eight innings, Miguel Cabrera drove in his 100th run of the season, and the Detroit Tigers mercifully won a game of baseball to soothe their fans frayed nerves -- or at least, not to pluck the last one.
Detroit jumped out to a four-run lead early. The top of the order was in sync. The bottom of the order was in sync. But the highlight:Gerald Laird tripled in the second.
Then "it" happened. The Tigers' defense reared its head. Not one error. Not two errors. The Tigers had three errors.* In one inning. The third started off with Omar Infante getting tagged for an error. Then Prince Fielder picked up a couple more on a single play, finishing with the flourish of a thrown ball into the outfield during a rundown. Well, you know how it goes from there. When does a major league team look a gift horse in the mouth? Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer to tie the game. Poor Doug Fister. The best you can say is that it didn't raise his ERA, all runs were unearned. The worst you could say isn't printable here. Somewhere in the middle lies "typical Tigers." So we'll call it that.
* Later an error was rescinded, making it only two. I'm sticking with a mythical three.
Fortunately for the team and its fans, the tie didn't last long. Andy Dirks broke it up with a home run in the sixth. The Tigers piled on with runs in the seventh and ninth. Cabrera knocked in Infante with a seventh-inning single for his 100th RBI of the year. That makes five consecutive years as a Tiger, you may have heard. He did it four consecutive years with the Marlins before joining Detroit. So yeah. Nine years in a row. Even being of the sabermetric mind and spouting off reasons why RBI isn't necessarily the most useful stat out there, I have to admit being impressed. Cabrera drove in No. 101 in the ninth, this time a double to score Infante.
Fister did not allow a run beyond the quad in the fourth. He struck out seven, and allowed five hits and two walks. Fisther tossed 120 pitches, a season high. I don't necessarily think that it matters so much, but I suppose you can do what you want with the information.
Miguel Cabrera - 3 hits, 2 RBI. RBI 100 only took 117 games this time
Austin Jackson - Was not involved in infield hystrionics
Doug Fister - Duh
Prince Fielder's defense
GAME 116 POG
Jhonny Peralta by default