Tigers take series from Orioles; big week ahead
The All-Star break has come and gone and the Tigers picked up right where they left off before the layoff. The Tigers took two out of three from the Baltimore Orioles and now sit at 3.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox for the division lead.
Game one was led by Tiger’s starter Doug Fister who looked like the pitcher fans have been waiting to see. Fister shined as he went seven innings, one earned run with eight strikeouts. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-5 with three RBI’s and Brennan Boesch went 2-4 with two RBI’s.
Game two was a wild one and tough, tough loss for the Tigers. The Orioles got on top of Max Scherzer early and took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning. The Tiger’s bats woke up and rallied to tie to the game at four in the top of the ninth inning.
Unfortunately, the Tigers had a chance to take the lead but Boesch was sent home by third base coach Gene Lamont and was thrown out by a mile at the plate. Lamont won’t get any blame, but he should.
Into extra innings we went and the Tigers took a 5-4 lead in the 11th inning. In came closer Jose Valverde to give the Tigers the win and the series. Of course, Valverde couldn’t complete that task as the Orioles tied it up and the game continued.
In 13th inning, the Tigers jumped back on top and looked to wrap it up with Joaquin Benoit on the mound.
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy who was 0 for his last 29 at bats tied the game up with a homerun. Taylor Teagarden (who) than hit a two-run homerun to win it for the Orioles in 13 innings. This was Teagarden’s first appearance all year.
So the Tigers fans got exactly what they wanted the next game; continuous shots of Kate Upton at Comerica Park… and of course Justin Verlander on the mound. Verlander did the usual by going eight innings, no earned runs and striking out eight as the Tigers won 4-0.
The Tigers have a huge week ahead of them as the Los Angeles Angels come into town. The Angels, like the Tigers, didn’t live up to expectations in the first half but have recently found their groove. Tiger fans will get to see 20-year-old sensation Mike Trout, who leads the league in batting average at .346.
The Angels also, like the Tigers, made a huge impact this offseason when they signed Albert Pujols. The Angels have the pieces to make a World Series run and if the Tigers plan to do so; don’t be surprised if they meet in September.
Jacob Turner will also make a start for the Tigers on Tuesday, just his second of the year. After the Angels leave, the White Sox make their appearance.
The weekend series will be huge for the American League Central and Tiger fans will be happy to know that Justin Verlander will make a start in that series.
Big week for the Tigers and we are only 15 days away from the trade deadline.