The Detroit Tigers have given up 22 runs and scored 20 in their last two games. Seeing that statistic may make you think that the last two games have been close, crazy affairs but the only craziness the Tigers have seen the last two games have been in the lopsidedness of the scores. After losing 20-4 on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, the Tigers turned around and slammed the Kansas City Royals 16-2. They completely engulfed starter James Shields who only went 3 2/3 innings while giving up 14 hits and 10 earned runs.
The last two games are scores you wouldn’t even see in video games. The decisive wins are a nice break from the up-and-down season that has been surrounding the Detroit Tigers. Tonight, it seems the Tigers are going to end up on top. The 26 hits tonight could not have come at a bigger time with the Tigers offense colder than that girl you tried to hit on. The five hits from Andy Dirks can only be described as something even more miraculous than a miracle — the win one of the bigger ones the Tigers have had in 2013.
This win also all but eliminates the Royals while keeping a suddenly hot Cleveland Indians team at bay. A loss tonight would have prompted some serious questions about the stability of the Tigers’ hold in the AL Central, but instead the Tigers came out and completely dominated a team who they had struggled with before tonight. Every Tigers player in the starting lineups had at least one hit and seven of them had multiple hits. Omar Infante chipped in 6 RBI’s which is just as surprising as the final score.
This was the night the Tigers needed to separate themselves from the mediocrity they had been finding themselves in recently. Tonight was a night the Tigers staked their claim at the top of the AL Central.