The Tigers were riding a two game win streak heading into the series with Minnesota, scoring more runs (12) during the two victories than in the previous six (11). After winning the series at home against the Indians, Detroit began a 10 game road trip in Minnesota.
GAME 1: DETROIT 5, MINNESOTA 4
WP: David Price
LP: Tommy Milone
S: Joakim Soria
Detroit got some clutch offense from Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes in this game as both players homered early in the contest. Those homers were part of an 11 hit outing for the Tigers. Even though the offense was strong in this game, Detroit still squandered some scoring chances hitting into four double plays for the game.
David Price seemed to be back in a good groove after getting shelled by the Yankees in his previous outing. Over 6 1/3 innings Price allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7.
In relief for the Tigers, Joba Chamberlain gave up a run in the 8th inning, but, Joakim Soria was able to get save number 8 in the 9th inning after giving up a lead off single.
GAME 2: DETROIT 2, INDIANS 3
WP: Mike Pelfrey (2-0)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (1-3)
S: Glen Perkins (6)
On a beautiful night for baseball in Minneapolis, the Tigers came up short against the Twins. Offensively, Detroit was unable to get rolling against Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota pitching staff. Pelfrey went 7 innings allowing 2 runs on only 3 hits. He also struck out 7 Tiger batters. Anibal Sanchez looked solid until the 7th inning when he gave up 2 runs on 3 quick hits which gave Minnesota the lead for good.
The Tigers only managed 3 hits as a team in this one. The heart of the order Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez went down 1-2-3 in the final frame. The 9th inning was a fair representation of Detroit’s evening at the plate.
GAME 3 DETROIT, CLEVELAND
WP: Tom Gorzelanny
LP: Casey Fien
S: Joakim Soria
The third and final game of the series was an exciting one for Detroit fans. The Tigers found themselves trailing 7-3 after five innings. However, Detroit scored 4 runs in the 6th inning capped by a 2-run, inside-the-park home run from James McCann. Andrew Romine singled in Yoenis Cespedes in the 8th inning and Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run of the game in the 9th inning to make the final score 10-7 in favor of Detroit. A great day for Tigers hitting included 7 hits combined from the 8th and 9th spot in the batting order.
With all the offense it’s not surprising that Shane Greene had a bit of a rough outing. Greene lasted only 4 1/3 innings and gave up 7 runs on 9 hits. A bit of a feast or famine day as he did manage to strike out 8 Minnesota batters. Tom Gorzelanny filled in well as a middle reliever and (for those keeping an extra close eye on the stat column) got the win. Joakim Soria notched his 9th save of April which is the most by any Tigers pitcher in history.
Tigers three stars of the series
Joakim Soria: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 S
Miguel Cabrera: .333 AVG, 4 H, 4 RBI, 2 HR
Andrew Romine and James McCann: Combined for 7 Hits, 4 RBI, 1 HR in Game 3