Tigers take first place after sweeping White Sox
The Detroit Tigers came into the week still chasing the Chicago White Sox for the American League Central. By week’s end, the Tigers have a 1.5 game lead above the White Sox
It looked like a tough week for the Tigers, who were at Comerica Park all week to take on the red hot Los Angeles Angels and the division leading White Sox.
The Tigers started out the week strong with an 8-6 victory after a go ahead two-run homerun by Brennan Boesch. The bullpen was strong as starter Rick Porcello struggled through 5.2 innings.
Tuesday, prospect Jacob Turner got the start for the Tigers and it was one he hopes to never repeat. Turner lasted just two innings gave up seven earned runs and five homeruns. The Tigers lost 13-0 as the Angels young talent put on a clinic at Comerica Park.
But all was not lost as Doug Fister took the mound on Wednesday and didn’t disappoint. Fister fanned 10 Angel’s batters and Prince Fielder and Boesch both had two RBI’s. The Tigers won 7-2 and looked to take the series with Max Scherzer on the mound.
Scherzer went seven innings, striking out nine and giving up just one run. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila both went yard as the Tigers took the series with a 5-1 victory.
Three out of four from the Angels was huge but the weekend series with the White Sox was much bigger. Justin Verlander was on the mound Friday night and you can guess the result of this one.
Verlander struck out six, went eight innings giving up just two earned runs. The big guys got it done as Austin Jackson, Fielder, Cabrera and Delmon Young all had RBI’s in a 4-2 victory.
Game two saw Porcello back on the mound as he shined after a tough performance against the Angels. Three RBI’s for Boesch and four for Jackson led to a 7-1 victory. Porcello went eight innings with just one earned run. The Tigers went for the sweep yesterday and sent Jacob Turner back on the mound.
Turner went just 5.1 innings giving up three earned runs. It was a strong performance from Turner despite just going 5.1 innings. The offense did its part to get Turner his first career major league win as the Tigers swept the Sox in a 6-4 victory. Boesch had a two-run homerun and Miguel Cabrera had a monster day with two homeruns. Cabrera hit his 300th homerun becoming the 11th youngest player in history to get to that mark.
The Tigers took control of the division for good last year on the same date they did this year. Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young are starting to hit like they did last year and the new energy from Quintin Berry has brought life to this team. Cabrera and Fielder are one and three in the American League for RBI’s and the pitching staff has been great.
It could be the start of a great second half for the Tigers as the trade deadline approaches.