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Tigers power past Indians in key series opener; Brandon Inge headed back to Detroit

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Final - 8.19.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 X 4

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Max Scherzer -- 7 shutout 1-run innings. Needless to say, the Tigers need this Scherzer to show up more often than not for the rest of the season.


Austin Jackson -- HR.

Alex Avila -- HR

Jhonny Peralta -- HR

You're thinking, Arby's.

For a team that had some power, then experienced a power outage, the Tigers seem to be recapturing a bit of that power in the past week.


Sure, it was a big win. You have to be happy with Detroit getting the series started on the right foot. You can't sweep 'em if you don't win the first one, right? Not that I think Detroit is primed for the sweep or anything. But it was definitely a sigh of relief when the Tigers got the "W" tonight. Hey, a pennant race can be fun once in awhile!

The game was actually scoreless for the first 5 1/2 innings. It was some combination of a pitching duel -- Indians starter Josh Tomlin was dealing quite well -- and a sleeper before Jackson's sixth home run of the season landed in Cleveland's bullpen for the 2-0 lead.

Scherzer was pretty darn good. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Of course, if you watched the television broadcast you know all about that one-run. Scherzer should have had strike three and the third out of the seventh inning as the ball was just Lonnie Chisenhall's knees, easily across the plate, but home plate umpire Joe West saw it differently. But we can't spend too much time worrying about that. Scherzer did well.

The Tigers responded with back-to-back home runs in the bottom half of the inning from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta. That's what counts.

After setting the goal to mix his offspeed pitches in more, Scherzer used his changeup on 35 of 127 pitches, and his slider 16 times. The changeup got 7 whiffs (20% of swings), while the slider had 3 (18.75%). The fastball was pretty effective at getting misses as well, as batters swung and missed 10 times (13.16%). So that was definitely key.

Doug Fister will try to earn his second win in the Tigers uniform and bounce back from a bad start when he takes the mound Saturday night.


As we mentioned earlier tonight, Brandon Inge will return to the Tigers for Saturday's game. Jim Leyland said he will start primarily against left-handers, and he'll be used as a late-innings replacement in other games. During his last 10 games in Toledo, he had a .265 average alongside a 359 OBP and a .559 SLG. He hit 7 home runs in 29 games. Andy Dirks was optioned to the Mud Hens to get regular at bats and will return on Sept. 1, Leyland said.