The Detroit Tigers once again didn’t let one loss turn into a losing streak. Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Quinten Berry, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder all helped in securing the win to stay tied with the White Sox atop the Central Division.
Indians Pitcher and Dearborn native, Derek Lowe was in trouble most of the night, walking three, allowing 8 hits and not getting much help from his defense (2 errors) and the Tigers continued not getting timely hitting and kept this game closer than it should have been.
Scherzer won his 10th of the season and 4th straight decision while pitching 7 innings of two run baseball. Once again Scherzer provided the type of workman like start that the Tigers need behind Verlander.
Scherzer has pitched at least six innings in 8 of his last 10 starts and has once again tied Justin Verlander for second place in the AL strike outs race.
The Tigers started out with three straight hits against Lowe and let him off with only one run in the first and loaded the bases in the fifth with three straight walks and again, only scored one run.
However, it was enough on this night with Jose Valverde giving up a solo home run to Travis Hafner in the bottom of the ninth but still got his19th save of the season.
The Tigers send Verlander to the mound tonight to face off against Zach McAllister, who beat the Tigers and Doug Fister on May 23rd this year.
Once again I think the Tigers are in the driver’s seat and Verlander pitches very well and the team gets a bit better at hitting when men are on base than they were the previous two nights.
In other news, the two recently cut Detroit Lions, Johnny Culbreath and Aaron Berry both cleared waivers today, meaning they are officially free agents and able to sign with any team they want. What this means for both is that most likely they are going to get an invite to a training camp at best and be forced to win a spot on the roster to stick around at all.
The fact that Aaron Berry’s college coach at Pitt, Dave “the mustache” Wandstadt, now with the Buffalo Bills was unwilling to put his neck out for Berry after his most recent arrest says a lot about the type of person Berry is.
Don’t expect the Lions to be too upset that they let these two go. The Lions signed two cornerbacks today to push each other for the extra spot in the Lions secondary that opened when Berry was cut.
Drew Coleman, who was a flop in Jacksonville last year and Justin Miller, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010 are the corners, don’t expect a whole lot other than some playing time during the scrub session of the preseason games.