29 July 2012
Jhonny Peralta and Doug Fister did their best to make sure the Tigers weren’t swept at the hands of Toronto. Peralta homered twice and Fister allowed just one earned run in his eight innings pitched. The Tigers managed four runs on a Peralta three run homer and another solo shot by Jhonny. The four runs were the most Detroit scored all series as they combined for just four runs in losing the first two games of the series.
The win at least put a positive spin on what has been a relatively rough road trip. After sweeping the White Sox at home, the Tigers rolled into Cleveland with a 1.5 game lead over Chicago. But Detroit stumbled against the Indians losing two out of three games. In the two losses, the Tigers’ offense combined for just five runs. Justin Verlander and Fister both lost their starts. Max Scherzer pitched well in the middle game to earn a 5-3 win.
The Tigers then promptly lost the first two games to the Blue Jays. Rick Porcello and newly acquired Anibal Sanchez lost their respective starts and Detroit gave up a combined 13 runs in the first two games. The Tigers rebounded with a 4-1 victory to avoid the sweep.
They now have a quick turnaround as they start a three-game set at Boston to end the nine-game road trip. The boys from Motown now are 2 games behind Chicago who plays tonight against the Rangers.
The pitching has been fairly consistent for the Tigers, but the bats are slowing down after they came alive in the first home-stand after the All Star break. The Tigers will turn to Scherzer on Monday to try to put together back to back wins. Scherzer, who can be inconsistent at times, is now on a good streak. He has won his last four decisions and is 6-2 over his last 10 starts. He won at Boston back on May 31 and hopes for the same result on Monday night.