Monday, July 15, 2013

Updates for Detroit Tigers Games 88 Through 94

Monday 7/8/13 Detroit-4 Cleveland-2 (10 Innings)
Max Scherzer’s pursuit of a 14-0 record met a bump in the road Monday as the Tigers played the Indians at Progressive Field. Scherzer did not get a decision in the ten inning win for the Tigers. Scherzer went seven innings while giving up two runs on seven hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. Bruce Rondon took over for Scherzer and threw one scoreless inning giving up one hit. Drew Smyly got the win with one perfect inning, fanning one and Joaquin Benoit recorded his seventh save of the season with a ninth inning where he gave up two hits and fanned two. Scott Kazmir got the start for the Indians, going 5-2/3 innings while giving up two runs on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Four Cleveland relievers combined to go 3-1/3 scoreless innings while giving up two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Matt Albers was saddled with the loss, his first of the season giving up two runs on one hit, two walks and one strikeout in one inning of work. Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Tuiasosopo drove in all four Detroit runs, with Martinez going 2-4 with two double and two RBI’s, Peralta going 1-5 with a double and one RBI and Tuiasosopo going 1-2 with a solo homerun. Austin Jackson, Andy Dirks and Brayan Pena each had one hit in the game as the Tigers collected seven hits, six walks and left eight men on base. The no decision by Scherzer does not affect his perfect record status, as it only counts losses not consecutive starts. Scherzer was had 19 starts this season and struck out at least six batters in each game, a team record.


Tuesday 7/9/13 White Sox-11 Detroit-4
The first game in this four game series between the Sox and Tigers saw Chicago send Jose Quintana to the mound and Detroit responded with Justin Verlander. Verlander took the loss, his sixth of the season, in a season of ups and downs. Verlander went seven innings while giving up five runs on twelve hits, one walk and three strikeouts but pitched to four batters in the eighth without recording an out. Al Alburquerque took over for JV and lasted only 2/3 of an inning while giving up three runs on four hits and one K. Alburquerque gave up a three run homerun to Dayan Viciedo. Phil Coke came on next and gave up one hit and one walk in 1/3 of an inning. Even Reed finished the game giving up three runs on six hits, no walks and two strikeouts in one inning of work. Quintana recorded his fourth win of the season, going eight innings while giving up three runs on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Simon Castro finished the game going one inning while giving up one run on one hit and one strikeout. Homeruns accounted for all four Detroit runs with Miguel Cabrera going 1-4 with a two run homerun, Matt Tuiasosopo 1-3 with a solo homerun and Don Kelly was 1-1 with a solo homer. Victor Martinez had two hits, while Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta each had one hit in the game. The Tigers collected seven hits, one walk and four men left on base.


Wednesday 7/10/13 White Sox-5 Detroit-8
In the second game of the series Detroit put Rick Porcello up against Dylan Axelrod. Porcello came out on top, recording his sixth win of the season. He went six innings while giving up three runs on seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Bruce Rondon pitched the seventh giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and one strikeout. Drew Smyly pitched a perfect eighth inning fanning one and Joaquin Benoit recorded his eighth save of the season walking two and fanning one but getting out of the jam without giving up a run. Axelrod went 5-2/3 innings while giving up seven runs on eleven runs, two walks and three strikeouts for his sixth loss of the season. Three Sox relievers combined to finish the game going 2-1/3 innings while giving up one run on four hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Prince Fielder and Alex Avila led the offense with Fielder going 3-4 with a homerun and three RBI’s and Avila going 1-4 with two RBI’s. Austin Jackson was 2-5 with a triple and one RBI, Miguel Cabrera was 3-5 with one RBI, Victor Martinez was 3-4 with one RBI and Ramon Santiago had one hit in the game. The Tigers collected fifteen hits, two walks and left seven men on base.


Thursday 7/11/13 White Sox-6 Detroit-3
The third game of the series saw the Sox send Chris Sale to the mound While Detroit countered with Anibal Sanchez. This was Sanchez’s second start after coming off the DL and this time he did not perform as well, earning his sixth loss of the season. He went 5-1/3 innings while giving up five runs on seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts. Luke Putkonen got the only batter he face out before yielding to Al Alburquerque who threw 1-1/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and one K. Phil Coke continued his struggles this season giving up one run on one hit and three walks in 1/3 of an inning. Evan Reed finished the game going 1-2/3 scoreless innings while giving up one walk and striking out one. Sale got his sixth win of the season going 6-2/3 innings while giving up 6-2/3 innings three runs on ten hits, two walks and eight K’s. Matt Lindstrom and Matt Thornton combined to go 1-1/3 perfect innings fanning one and Addison Reed recorded his 23 save of the season with a perfect ninth. Miguel Cabrera and Matt Tuiasosopo hit homeruns to drive in all three Detroit runs with Cabrera going 1-3 with a solo homer and Tuiasosopo going 1-3 with a two run homer. Victor Martinez had three hits, Torii Hunter had two hits and Fielder, Brayan Pena and Hernan Perez each had one hit as the Tigers collected ten hits, two walks and left six men on base. Austin Jackson made an error, his second of the season and Evan Reed was charged with his third error of the season. In the second inning Sanchez hit Dayan Viciedo and after Cabrera’s dinger Prince Fielder was buzzed up and in by a pitch from Sale, Jim Leyland was mad after no warnings was given. After the Josh Phegley grand slam Putkonen was brought in and his first pitch to Alejandro De Aza went behind him. De Aza was incensed and took steps towards the mound before being intercepted by Alex Avila. The benches and bull pens emptied and while the players milled around Luke Putkonen and Jim Leyland were ejected from the game.


Friday 7/12/13 Texas-2 Detroit-7
After the dust up in Thursday night’s game the Tigers were glad to return home and welcomed the Texas Rangers in for a three game series to close out the first half of the season. In the first game the Tigers sent Doug Fister to the mound and Texas countered with Justin Grimm. Fister recorded his seventh win of the season going six innings while giving up two runs on eight hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Bruce Rondon, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit combined to finish the game going three scoreless innings giving up two hits and fanning two. Grimm was saddled with his seventh loss of the season going 3-1/3 innings while giving up seven runs on ten hits, two walks and three strikeouts. The Texas bull pen was called on early in the game and responded well with Joseph Ortiz going 3-2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning three and Wilmer Font going one scoreless inning with one walk. Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta led the offense with Martinez going 1-3 with a double and two RBI’s and Peralta going 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s. Torii Hunter was 2-4 with a double and one RBI, Miguel Cabrera was 1-2 with one RBI and Alex Avila was 1-3 with one RBI. Austin Jackson had two hits and Prince Fielder had two hits and his fifth error of the season as the Tigers collected eleven hits, three walks and left six men on base.


Saturday 7/13/13 Texas-7 Detroit-1
The second game of the series saw Max Scherzer going for his 14th win to start the season, trying to become the first pitcher to do that since Roger Clemens in 1986. Unfortunately for the Tigers Scherzer was unable to match his other starts this season taking his first loss of the season. Scherzer went six innings while giving up four runs on eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Luke Putkonen took over for Scherzer and recorded one out before giving up two hits and yielding to Phil Coke, who finished the inning and threw a scoreless eighth inning. Al Alburquerque continued his recent struggles three runs on two hits, one walk and one K in one inning of work. Derek Holland got the start and the win for the Rangers, his eighth of the season, going seven innings while giving up one run on five hits, five walks and seven strikeouts. Joakim Soria and Neal Cotts finished the game going two scoreless innings while giving up one hit and fanning two. Hernan Perez drove in the only Detroit run with a single in four trips. Torii Hunter had two hits while Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta each had one hit as the Tigers collected six hits, five walks and left eight men on base. Brayan Pena was charged with his second error of the season.


Sunday 7/14/13 Texas-0 Detroit-5
After the disappointment of Scherzer’s first loss of the season the Tigers were trying to earn a series win against the Rangers. Detroit sent Justin Verlander to the mound and Texas countered with Martin Perez. Verlander looked like the Verlander of old taking a no-hitter into the seventh and got two outs before it was broken up by a Mitch Moreleand double. Verlander was pulled after the seventh with one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit finished the game going a combined two scoreless innings while giving up one hit and fanning three. Perez was charged with the loss, his second of the season, going 5-2/3 innings while giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Three Texas relievers combined to finish the game going 2-1/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and two walks. The homerun was the weapon of choice for Detroit with Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each getting one. Hunter was 2-3 with a solo shot, Martinez was 1-4 with a solo dinger and Peralta was 2-3 with a solo shot and another RBI. Matt Tuiasosopo was 1-3 with a RBI while Don Kelly had the only other hit for the Tigers. The Tigers collected seven hit, five walks and left six men on base. The Tigers end the first half of the season leading the Central Division by 1-1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians.


Upcoming Games:
7/19/13 at Kansas City 8:10(EDT)
7/20/13 at Kansas City 7:10(EDT)
7/21/13 at Kansas City 2:10(EDT)
7/22/13 at White Sox 8:10(EDT)
7/23/13 at White Sox 8:10(EDT)
7/24/13 at White Sox 8:10(EDT)
7/25/13 at White Sox 2:10(EDT)
7/26/13 vs. Philadelphia 7:08(EDT)
7/27/13 vs. Philadelphia 7:08(EDT)
7/28/13 vs. Philadelphia 1:08(EDT)


Cumulative stated for the Tigers in 2013:

Batters:
M.Cabrera .365 .674 93 362 73 132 244 20 1 30 95 60 64 3 0 10
M.Tuiasosopo .329 .624 42 85 15 28 53 7 0 6 22 16 25 0 0 0
T.Hunter .315 .458 84 356 56 112 163 24 3 7 44 17 63 2 1 2
O.Infante .309 .447 76 291 38 90 130 18 2 6 27 15 31 4 2 4
J.Peralta .303 .447 89 340 40 103 152 25 0 8 46 31 87 3 2 4
A.Jackson .280 .403 63 268 56 75 108 14 2 5 23 31 62 6 2 2
B.Pena .279 .360 40 136 11 38 49 5 0 2 14 5 15 0 1 2
P.Fielder .267 .457 94 363 48 97 166 21 0 16 69 50 74 1 1 5
V.Martinez .258 .380 93 353 39 91 134 19 0 8 50 32 44 0 1 0
D.Kelly .252 .414 61 111 21 28 46 4 1 4 13 14 15 2 0 0
A.Dirks .243 .344 78 276 36 67 95 8 1 6 23 24 55 6 0 1
A.Garcia .241 .373 30 83 12 20 31 3 1 2 10 4 21 0 1 1
B.Holaday .231 .308 4 13 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
A.Avila .177 .293 58 198 19 35 58 5 0 6 21 28 67 0 0 2
R.Santiago .160 .247 31 81 10 13 20 5 1 0 4 8 15 0 0 1 
H.Perez .143 .143 4 14 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0

Pitchers:
J.Benoit 2-0 1.64 38 0 0 19 0 8 38.10 28 7 7 2 12 50 1
D.Smyly 4-0 1.91 36 0 0 7 0 2 56.20 41 12 12 1 14 58 2
L.Putkonen 1-1 2.66 20 0 0 7 0 0 20.10 19 7 6 2 7 17 2
A.Sanchez 7-6 2.93 15 15 1 0 1 0 92.00 81 34 30 5 27 111 2
M.Scherzer 13-1 3.19 19 19 0 0 0 0 129.20 96 47 46 12 31 152 3
J.Verlander 10-6 3.50 20 20 0 0 0 0 126.00 124 52 49 10 45 125 0
J.Ortega 0-2 3.86 11 0 0 5 0 0 11.20 10 5 5 2 6 10 0
E.Reed 0-0 3.86 9 0 0 5 0 0 14.00 18 11 6 1 3 12 1
D.Fister 7-5 4.02 19 19 1 0 0 0 121.00 129 59 54 9 22 93 3
R.Porcello 6-6 4.80 18 17 0 1 0 0 99.10 106 54 53 11 19 80 2
J.Bonderman 1-3 4.93 7 7 0 0 0 0 38.10 40 23 21 4 17 16 2
J.Alvarez 1-2 5.03 4 4 0 0 0 0 19.20 21 12 11 5 7 17 0
A.Alburquerque 1-2 5.18 26 0 0 4 0 0 24.10 24 14 14 3 22 40 7
D.Downs 0-2 5.18 26 0 0 7 0 0 33.00 36 20 19 4 10 37 2
J.Valverde 0-1 5.59 20 0 0 18 0 9 19.10 18 12 12 6 6 19 0
P.Coke 0-5 5.83 30 0 0 11 0 1 29.10 29 19 19 3 15 24 1
B.Rondon 0-1 6.00 10 0 0 4 0 0 9.00 12 6 6 1 4 8 3
O.Dotel 0-0 13.50 6 0 0 1 0 0 4.20 10 7 7 0 4 4 0
B.Villarreal 0-2 20.77 7 0 0 3 0 0 4.10 8 10 10 1 8 6 1