The Detroit Tigers opened up a big division series against the, Chicago White Sox on Friday night. The Tigers were sitting three games back of the White Sox, and needing big wins to try to get back into first.
The Tigers’ offense has been stifled the last two games in Kansas City. Only scoring one run in their last 18 innings in Kansas City. The Tigers’ offense would waste no time getting to the Sox’s starter, Jake Peavy.
In the bottom of the first, Miguel Cabrera hit his 33rd home run of the year to put the Tigers on top quicky 2-0. This would just be the start of a big night at the plate for Cabrera. On the night Cabrera went 3-for-4, with a double, single, home run and two RBIs.
The Tigers and White Sox would trade runs with each other. After the quick 2-0 lead, A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo shot off of Doug Fister to make it a 2-1 one game. In the bottom of the second Andy Dirks doubled in Austin Jackson to make it a 3-1 game.
In the top of the fourth is when Fister go into the most trouble. Fister did not make his last start due a sore groin, and you could see some lingering effects. The White Sox loaded the bases in the fourth without hitting a ball out of the infield, but the tall right-hander managed to get out of the inning only allowing one run.
Fister was not sharp on Friday. Walking four, and gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. Peavey also had a less than stellar start. The Tigers tagged Peavey up for six earned runs, while walking six batters and gave up two home runs.
The biggest moment of the game came up when Delmon Young — who has been red hot — hit a bases clearing double in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Joaquin Benoit was outstanding in the eighth, striking out the side. Jose Valverde retired the first two White Sox hitters he faced before giving up a walk, but struck out Dayan Viciedo looking to end the game.
Max Scherzer (14-6) will face off against Fransico Liriano (5-10) on Saturday in game two of the series.
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