Tiger Town can now rest assured that their team won't start off 0-7, as they did last season. Given a 3-0 lead, thanks to Miguel Cabrera's first-inning homer, Zach Miner looked as if he was ready to let the Blue Jays right back in the game. The first four hitters he faced reached base, but a double play got him out of the inning with only one run allowed.
Off the hook, Miner cruised through the rest of the game, giving up just three more hits in his remaining 4.2 innings. Maybe he just needed to get those first-inning jitters out of his system. For the second straight night, the Tigers got a nice effort from their starter. And this time, the lineup provided enough run support for the bullpen not to be a factor (though three relievers pitched 3.1 perfect innings).
I think a 3-for-4 night with two home runs and four RBIs entitles Cabrera to climb atop the CN Tower in Toronto, beat his chest, and roar his lungs out, wouldn't you say? Miggy came into the game batting .667. He goes to sleep tonight batting .700.
But we also have to give some love to Brandon Inge. The Tigers have played three games; Cecilia Casselberry's favorite Tiger has hit three homers. That new stance is sizzling. Now if he can only get some runners on base when he jacks his next one out of the park...
With one out in the first and two Jays on base, Miner got Scott Rolen to pop out to right field. Josh Anderson then threw out Alex Rios at home, the Tigers' lead held up going into the second inning, and someone was smitten.
But that was not the lustiest moment in tonight's GameThread.
Comment of the Night:
We can only imagine what happened after Ryan Perry finished with a 1-2-3 inning.
But enough recap. First win of the season! Let's dance!