The Tigers’ offense wasted no time bouncing back. The Twins’ outfielders were diving all over the field early trying to get deep fly balls off the Tigers’ bats. Austin Jackson and Omar Infante led of the game with a pair of singles. After a Prince Fielder ground out that moved the runners up, Jhonny Peralta drove them both in with a double.
Gerald Laird in the second second inning tripled because of a diving Darin Mastroianni, missed the ball. Jackson followed up the Laird triple with a double of his own. Putting the Tigers up 4-0 quickly.
The Twins would tie the game in the third, thanks in part to some spotty defense by Infante and Fielder. Josh Willingham hit a three run home run to tie the game, off Doug Fister.
Fister was nothing short of outstanding for the Tigers. In eight innings of work, Fister gave up no earned runs, struck out seven, and walked one, on his way to earning his seventh win of the season.
Since the All Star break, Fister is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA. He has lowered ERA from 4.75 to 3.24 since the break and has gotten himself back to a .500 record.
The Tigers’ offense would score four more runs before the night was over. Miguel Cabrera would collect RBI’s 100 and 101 on the night. Becoming the only Tigers player to have five straight 100 RBI seasons since Charlie Gehringer, who did it five years in a row, and Harry Heilmann who did it seven straight years. Both players are Hall of Famers.
Jose Valverde came out in the ninth. Surrendered a hit, but no damage was done. And locked down a much needed Tigers’ win.
Tomorrow the Tigers gear up for some matinee baseball. Max Scherzer (11-6) will face off against Cole De Vries (2-3), to end the series and a six game road trip.
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