Doug Fister gave up 2 runs in 7 strong innings and the Tigers’ bats broke out to score more than three runs for just the second time in eight games.
Homers by Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera in the 5th inning gave the team a lead and then they added two more in the 8th that proved to be much needed when Joaquin Benoit gave up a run in the bottom of the 8th.
This was still a very Tigers like performance, with one facet of the team performing well while the others struggled. The 8th inning was a perfect example, as it was the second time the Tigers left the bases loaded after, with a run in, the bases loaded and a 3-0 count to Austin Jackson, he struck out.
Then, after an Andy Dirks RBI single, Cabrera hit into a double play, his league leading 29th double play (second place has 23). So despite getting two key runs, they missed an opportunity to break the game open and let the Sox stay in it.
Either way, the Tigers held on for the W and can still leave Chicago tied for the division lead again. With ace #1a going tonight in Max Scherzer and then #1 going Thursday in Justin Verlander, the Tigers are in a good position to leave town tied up.
But at this point in time it is more about what they do after they leave town if they tie the division up since last time they did that they went and got swept.
Once again, it’s Jim Leyland’s time to prove he should be the manager next year. Maybe he can use that as motivation to get this team to rally and go on a run, but if they haven’t been worried about that up to this point, maybe they don’t care he has no contract for next season.