Tough week lands Tigers behind White Sox in division race
After coming off maybe their best week of the season, the Detroit Tigers struggled against the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers are currently 1.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox for the division lead despite going 2-4 during the week.
The Tigers got started against the Indians with Doug Fister on the mound. Fister gave up two earned runs early in the game before Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run homerun in the 7th inning to tie the game at two. In the bottom of the seventh innings, the Indians took back the lead for good when Travis Hafner hit a triple off the wall. Aaron Cunningham than laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored pinch-runner Lou Marson from third giving Cleveland the 3-2 win.
The Tigers got back to winning the next day when Max Scherzer picked up his 10th win of the season. The Tigers big bats got it done as Austin Jackson, Quinton Berry, Cabrera and Prince Fielder all had RBI’s as the Tigers won 5-3. Jose Valverde picked up his 19th save of the season.
The Indians took the series the next day with a 5-3 victory of their own. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the 7th inning before Justin Verlander gave up four earned runs including back-to-back homeruns from Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner. The Tigers continued their road stand and headed to Toronto.
The Blue Jays were next up for the Tigers as Rick Porcello struggled giving up five earned runs. The Tigers lost 8-3 despite back-to-back homeruns in the first inning from Cabrera and Fielder. Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis had three RBI’s in the game.
Next game was the Tiger’s debut of newly acquired pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez lasted six innings, giving up five earned runs as Toronto took the series with a 5-1 win. The Tigers offense was silenced once again by Henderson Alvarez who gave up just one earned in seven innings of work.
The Sunday game was what the Tigers needed to end a tough week. Jhonny Peralta went deep twice and accounted for all four RBI’s in the Tigers 4-1 victory. Doug Fister shined going eight innings giving up one earned run and striking out nine. Valverde picked up his 20th save of the year.
August is going to be a very tough month for the Tigers and one that could possibly decide the American League Central. This week the Tigers head to Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox before coming back home to play the Indians.
The Tigers will also see the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels in the month of August to go with some other tough teams. The trade deadline is tomorrow and it doesn’t seem likely that the Tigers are going to be making any more moves.
The Tigers offense will have to wake up in August if this team wants to take over the division from the White Sox for good.