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|WP: Max Scherzer (6 - 0)
LP: Brandon Morrow (1 - 2)
A pair of numbers, 6 and 7. Max Scherzer's record: 6-0. The Tigers record with Scherzer starting: 7-1.
Key stat dishonorable mention: 1 for 13. Ryan Perry started his 9th inning mop up appearance by throwing one strike in 13 pitches, walking the bases loaded. When you add a HBP, a pair of hits, three runs, and a runner thrown out at the plate, you have one of the uglier relief appearances in recent memory.
Austin Jackson's bases clearing, three RBI double to dead center in the 4th. The two-bagger broke what had been a tie game wide open.The Tigers cruised from then on out...until Perry entered the game, anyway.
It wasn't as pretty or efficient as his last start, but Scherzer became the second pitcher this season to reach six victories with tonight's win. Scherzer struggled with his command all evening, yet still managed to get through five innings, enough to get another W.
On a rare hitless night for Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez picked up the slack...and then some...with three hits, three RBI and a long home run. The Tigers are 5-1 since Martinez came of the disabled list. It's not a coincidence.
It's worth noting the Error Wizard, Don Kelly, got the start at 3rd for a slumping Brandon Inge at 3rd base. Kelly made a couple of good defensive plays, and added a pair of hits and an RBI. But the Wiz's solid game ended on a sour note, having to leave in the 7th when hit by a pitch.
Al Alburquerque pitched a pair of scoreless, hitless innings. The kid has been absolute money as a setup man.
Joaquín Benoit made an appearance for the first time in over a week, pitching a scoreless 8th. But it wasn't an uneventful inning. Jackson had to bounce off the wall in the nether regions of center field to haul in Edwin Encarnacion's deep fly, and Benoit also gave up a single...but it's a start.
I have a piece of advice for Perry. You want to make a fanbase not despise you? Stop walking batters indiscriminately.
Once again, the Tigers have fought and scratched their way back to .500. A 6-1 week has the Tigers at 18-18. But they've been here before, getting to 12-10 two weeks ago, only to lose seven in a row. How about getting several games over the .500 mark this time? The Tigers have frustrated us to no end with their current Jekyll and Hyde act, lose a bunch, win a bunch, repeat. This team is too good to hover in mediocrity .