Omar Infante's Bat Helps Detroit Tigers Frustrate Cleveland Indians Again

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Even when the Detroit Tigers aren’t completely healthy, they’re still a dangerous ball team and almost impossible for the Cleveland Indians to beat.

The Tigers were without superstar Miguel Cabrera, resting his ailing body Saturday night, but they got enough firepower from second baseman Omar Infante to defeat the Indians 10-5 in MLB action at Comerica Park.

But for the Tigers, it’s nice to have Infante healthy. A few weeks ago, they were waiting for their second baseman to heal so he could return to the lineup. Saturday, he was a thorn in the Indians’ side with two home runs and five RBIs. He belted a three-run homer off of Scott Kazmir in the second inning and did the trick again off Bryan Shaw in the sixth with a runner on base.

The Tigers have enjoyed a strong hitting season from Infante at .318. His hitting exploits are often overshadowed by Cabrera and others in the Detroit lineup.

But he isn’t exactly one of the most feared batters in the Detroit lineup when it comes to clearing the fence. But his bat caught fire at the right time. His return to the Tigers has been an obvious boost to the offense.

His home runs couldn’t have come at a better time as the first-place Tigers stretched their lead to 8.5 games over the second-place Indians. The Tigers continue to have Cleveland’s number with a 15-3 series advantage during the season. A few more Indians wins over the Tigers would have Cleveland  right in the thick of the race. But Detroit standouts like Infante keep getting the job done at the right time.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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