The Detroit Tigers won an ugly baseball game last night. They started off hot in their 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins, but a sloppy David Price and shaky bullpen nearly gave away their early lead. Still, a win is a win, and the Tigers are now 14-6, the best record in the American League.
Yoenis Cespedes struck the big blow last night, launching a three-run homer to left-center in the Tigers' four-run first inning. The home run was Cespedes' fourth of the year, bringing him within one of team leader J.D. Martinez. Cespedes also doubled in the sixth inning off of reliever Tim Stauffer.
Jose Iglesias also had a couple of extra base hits, including a solo home run in the top of the first inning. The homer was Iglesias' first of the year and gave the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead. Iglesias also tripled in the seventh, but was thrown out at home by leftfielder Shane Robinson. Iglesias had three hits on the night and raised his batting average to .397 on the season.
J.D. Martinez reached base three times last night and scored a run. He was held without an extra base hit and hasn't homered since April 18, but Martinez improved his batting average to .278 and on-base percentage to .313. Martinez was thrown out on an ill-advised stolen base attempt.
Alex Wilson didn't inherit too much of a mess -- there was only a runner on first base with one out when he came in -- but the 28-year-old righthander calmly dispatched the two batters he faced to maintain a 5-3 lead for the Tigers heading into the eighth inning. Wilson's ERA is now 2.45 in two appearances.
Miguel Cabrera earned Player of the Game honors for a three hit, three RBI day against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Cabrera launched his third home run of the season and also made a couple of solid defensive plays.