It looked like the Tigers were trying to blow the game, committing 3 errors (later changed to 2) in the third inning. Good thing the bats showed up and Doug Fister was really good yet again.
The Tigers jumped on lefty starter Brian Duensing early, scoring 2 runs in the first inning. Austin Jackson and Omar Infante scored on a single by Jhonny Peralta.
They added two more in the second. Andy Dirks singled and would score on a Gerald Laird triple. Yes, he tripled, he actually has 9 in his career. Laird would then score on a double from Austin Jackson.
Then came the bottom of the third. Jamey Carrol reached on an error from Omar Infante to start the inning. It looked like a double play would get Fister out of the jam, but Infante took a grounder from Darin Mastroianni to first base, as Fielder tried to turn it he prematurely took his foot off the bag and then sailed the throw to second. Everybody is safe, and Carroll would score on the play. Seriously, what ump makes that call at first? I guess it was kind of noticeable, but still it happens all the time and never gets called.
Prince Fielder was initially charged with two errors, but they changed the mistake at 1st base to a fielder’s choice.
Fister would strike out Joe Mauer to get the second out of the inning, but then make one of few mistakes he made all night, leaving a breaking ball up and giving up a three run home run to Josh Willingham. 4-4 tie just like that.
Fister shook it off and pitched really well, completing 8 innings, giving up 0 earned runs, and recording his seventh win of the season. In seven starts since the All-Star break, Fister has a 1.52 ERA
In the sixth, Andy Dirks would hit a solo home run and the eventual game winner. How awesome has Dirks been since coming back? Ron Gardenhire intentionally walked him twice in this game.
The Tigers would go on to add three more runs, two courtesy of Miggy, driving in Infante in both the seventh and ninth.
Those RBI put Cabrera over 100 for the season. He’s only the third Tiger with 100 RBI in 5 straight seasons. He has 101 RBI through 117 games this season. Um yeah, that’s pretty good.
Day game with Scherzer on the mound today. Let’s take 2 out of 3 from the Twinkies and get home.