The Detroit Tigers have been locked in a few pitching duels lately, but they continue to come out on top. Today, David price and Jeff Samardzija went toe-to-toe at Comerica Park, and the Tigers were able to walk off winners against Zach Duke and the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning.
Jose Iglesias got the glory today, slapping a single into right-center field to score Andrew Romine in the bottom of the ninth inning, delivering the Tigers a 2-1 win. Iglesias also doubled off White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija with no outs in the seventh inning, but was stranded on base.
Nick Castellanos was the other half of that ninth inning run-scoring combo. Castellanos doubled to right field, though replays show he was tagged on a throw by rightfielder Avisail Garcia. The aggressive play was probably a little foolhardy from the young third baseman -- especially since he knows Garcia has a great throwing arm -- but the Tigers got away with a blown call. Castellanos had a second hit in the game and made a couple of solid defensive plays as well.
David Price was almost an afterthought after the ninth inning heroics, but the Tigers' ace was able to shake off some early struggles to put together another spectacular outing. Price threw eight innings and allowed just one run, a solo shot to right field from Garcia in the second inning. Price only allowed four hits and struck out nine. He has allowed just one earned run in 22 1/3 innings this season.
Yoenis Cespedes delivered the Tigers' other run, launching a mammoth home run off Samardzija into the left field seats in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was Cespedes' first home run of the year, but he is still slugging .512 thanks to four doubles and a triple.
Alfredo Simon had the best outing of his career against the Pirates on Wednesday, tossing eight shutout innings in a 1-0 Tigers win. Simon also dominated the Player of the Game poll, earning 88 percent of the vote.