The Detroit Tigers were looking to end their nine game home stand with a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers are coming off a series victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, and were one win away from taking another series on the home stand.
Max Scherzer was on the hill for the Tigers, looking to continue his good pitching. In the month of August Scherzer has a 2.52 ERA, and has a 5-1 record with a 3.40 ERA since the All Star break.
The Angels got out to a quick lead in the first. Mike Trout — who had a rough series — reached on an infield single, and was later scored on a double play ball hit by Torii Hunter.
Although the Angels got to Scherzer early, it would be the only time they would. Scherzer would dominate yet again. After a Howie Kendrick single in the second inning, the Angels would not put another hit in the hit column for the rest of the day off Scherzer.
In seven innings of strong pitching, Scherzer set down nine Angels on strike outs, giving him nine straight starts with at least eight strike outs, and scattered four hits.
Ervin Santana has been terrible this year, but was pitching well until the bottom of the sixth. Santana had only allowed one run, which was an Andy Dirks triple that scored Omar Infante in the bottom of the third to tie the game at one.
In the bottom of the sixth Dirks started the inning off with a walk. The Tigers’ line up did not have Miguel Cabrera in it today, because Jim Leyland was trying to give Cabrera’s injured ankle rest. So that set up a chance for Prince Fielder to try and do some damage off the struggling Angels’ hurler.
Fielder hit a two run shot off Santana, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Then Delmon Young — who was the Tigers hottest hitter in the series — followed up Fielders home run with a solo shot of his won. Giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead. It was the second time this year Fielder and Young went back-to-back for home runs.
The Tigers added one more insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Quintin Berry hit a sac-fly to score Dirks. Giving Jose Valverde a four run cushion in the ninth.
Valverde set down the Angels in order the night before, but that would not be the case in this game. Valverde hit Hunter to start of the ninth, then Hunter would move up to second base on fielder’s indifference. Kendrys Morales singled in Hunter to make it a 5-2 game. Valverde would then set the Angels down 1-2-3 after that, sealing a Tigers’ victory.
After an off-day on Monday, the Tigers travel to Kansas City to take on the Kansas City Royals for a three game series. Justin Verlander (12-7) is slated to take the mound in game one on Tuesday. Luis Mendoza (7-9) will take the mound for the Royals.
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