Detroit Tigers: 7-5, 1st place AL Central (up .5)
The Tigers save the split in the abbreviated two-game series with Cleveland Thursday, winning 7-5. The game seemed frantic at times–between the two teams there were 19 hits, 5 errors, and 5 stolen bases–but Detroit went home with the W.
- Alex Gonzalez. His bat continues to wither (.167) and his arm was errant.
- Justin Verlander. Well, his pitch count at least (113 through 5 innings). The bullpen held on, but let’s not tempt fate.
- A win against a division rival, double-thumbs-up
- Ian Kinsler, running like a leadoff hitter and slugging like a cleanup hitter
- Miguel Cabrera with an extra base hit. We knew he wouldn’t slump for long
- Austin Jackson with two consecutive sacrifice flies. The Tigers had a runner on 3rd with less than 2 out 4 times, and got the runner in 4-out-of-4. That will win you baseball games.
In other news, the Tigers are reportedly calling up right-handed relief pitcher Justin Miller from Toledo. No word so far on who he will replace, but it is likely, with the bullpen used a lot against Cleveland, that he is just a temporary fresh arm.