Everything seemed to be going Torii Hunter‘s way until the final game of a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox Thursday.
Hunter hit his third home run of the series in a losing effort to the Sox Thursday, but the bigger news was the fact he had to leave the game with an apparent Achilles injury. He attributed it to an ill-fitting pair of new shoes that caused him enough discomfort to remove him from the game.
Hunter’s right-handed bat was set up perfectly for the series, and he made the most of it. The White Sox marched out three left-handers in the first three games of the series, which is usually a good thing for Hunter. He has hit nearly half of his home runs against southpaws in almost three times fewer at-bats.
Unfortunately, his roll ended due to his fresh kicks.
The Detroit Tigers had to like the way things were going for Hunter before he was forced to leave the game. He racked up six hits in the series and scored five runs, helping the Tigers take three of four games from their division rivals and take a lead in the season series four games to three.
Hunter said he should be fine on Friday, and hopefully he is able to continue on the power trend when he does return. After hitting just four home runs over the first three months of the season, he has more than doubled his total by tallying six in July.
The Tigers don’t have to rely on power from Hunter, but it is certainly a welcome addition to his offensive game.