Wow. The Tigers and Indians combined for 15 runs and 22 hits in a game started by aces David Price and Corey Kluber. The four hour, 16 minute marathon saw 11 pitchers used, but the Tigers were able to come away with a 9-6 win. With so many big plays, there are several potential Player of the Game candidates. Who will take the vote?
Ian Kinsler delivered in the clutch multiple times today, collecting four hits and two RBI. His opposite field single in the top of the seventh tied the game at three, and his RBI single in the top of the ninth put the Tigers ahead 6-5. Kinsler also singled in the first inning and later scored on a double play groundout by Victor Martinez. Kinsler currently leads the American League with eight RBI in five games.
Andrew Romine rewarded Brad Ausmus' faith by getting on base four times at the bottom of the lineup, including three walks. Romine stole two bases and scored two runs, both of which put the Tigers ahead after the pitching staff coughed up the lead. Romine's .500 batting average is third on the team and one of six above .400.
Miguel Cabrera was also responsible for four hits today, including two in three at-bats against Kluber. Cabrera's single in the top of the seventh scored Romine, giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead. All four of Cabrera's hits were singles. He only has one extra base hit (a double) this season.
Yoenis Cespedes had just one hit in five at-bats, but his two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning was the knockout blow against Indians closer Cody Allen. The play gave the Tigers two big insurance runs, stretching their lead to 8-5.
Nick Castellanos homered to right field and made a couple of solid defensive plays in yesterday's win over the Tribe. He won the Player of the Game poll with 55 percent of the vote. Miguel Cabrera (16 percent), Jose Iglesias (13 percent), and Al Alburquerque (13 percent) were all well behind.