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Tigers run winning streak to 7 games thanks to Brad Penny, defense

Final - 5.14.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Detroit Tigers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Brad Penny (4 - 3)
SV: Jose Valverde (10)
LP: Jeff Francis (0 - 5)

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8 innings, 0 runs: Brad Penny went his deepest into a ballgame since September 30, 2009, and has allowed just two runs in 21 2/3 innings in the month of May.


A few defensive gems you could choose from. I like Austin Jackson's catch in the fourth myself. Casper Wells made a nice catch in the fourth as well. Both are key because Billy Butler was standing on second hoping to score if either dropped in.


Brad Penny has now won four of his last five games. More importantly, the Tigers won their sixth game by shutout this season. Perspective on that number? The team leads the AL in shutouts. It also has more shutouts than all of 2010 (five). We knew pitching would be improved on this squad and it's showing already.

Back to Penny. He threw a season-high 110 pitches. He had a season-high 15 groundouts. He allowed just five hits and no walks in eight innings. Hiis ERA has now improved by a full two points from 6.11 to 4.11 during the month of May alone.

But the defense has a number of nice plays as well. From Brandon Inge being a man of the people and a man on the people. To Scott Sizemore nabbing half of the ground balls by himself including a nice diving stop late. To Austin Jackson being Austin Jackson.

The only disappointment, if you're looking, is that Detroit scored all three of its runs in the first inning and could not add on during the rest of the game. In fact, Jeff Francis was able to go the distance in the loss in just 112 pitches. But hey, three runs was plenty, so it's a minor quibble.

Scott Sizemore had two hits to get his average up to .263 and Jhonny Peralta had two hits and an RBI. One of them was his career 1000th, as the scoreboard notes.