In a game where one of the Fab Five (*hint: not a former Michigan basketball player*) threw out the first pitch, Anibal Sanchez pitched his best game since becoming a Tiger. He only allowed one earned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.
Brayan Villareal came in to get a ground out to end the seventh.
Benoit looked shaky in the eighth, walking one and giving up a single. An error by Dirks put runners on second and third with 2 out. Benoit got Torrealba to fly out to center to end the inning.
Jose Valverde closed the game out. He recorded two quick outs before allowing a single to Omar Vizquel. Vizquel was thrown out trying to steal second by Alex Avila to end the game. Valverde recorded his 100th save as a Tiger. 100 in 107 attempts. Congratulations on giving me many heart attacks [editor’s note: not as many as Todd Jones did].
The Tigers didn’t get to Toronto starter Aaron Laffey until the fourth. Omar Infante’s triple was the Tiger’s first hit. He would score on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Jeff Baker added an RBI in the fifth, scoring Delmon Young who reached on a base hit.
Toronto would add an unearned run in the sixth. Rajai Davis walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error from Sanchez. Edwin Encarnacion would drive him in.
The Tigers would add a run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an error allowing Austin Jackson to reach. He would come in to score off of a Prince Fielder single.
The Blue Jays would add a sac fly run in the seventh, but that’s as close as they would get.
It was a pretty boring game, but Anibal Sanchez showed he can pitch in the AL and the bullpen did their job. Hopefully they can both keep it going.
And hey-oh, the Tigers have won two in a row. If they win today that’s called a winning streak. With Verlander on the bump, they should be able to pull it off.
However, the White Sox won again so the Tigers are still two games back in the division.