The offense had been scuffling for the Detroit Tigers in recent days, having scored only a total of seven runs in four games prior to breaking out yesterday. Three of those for games were losses which lead to the Tigers losing control of first place in the American League Central to the Kansas City Royals. After a narrow victory in game one of their three game series against the Minnesota Twins, the offense continued to be kept in check. The finale proved to be much different, with the Tigers offense exploding for a couple of season highs.
Game 1: Detroit 2, Minnesota 1 (10)
WP: Angel Nesbitt (1-1)
LP: Ryan Pressly (1-1)
For the third consecutive game, the Tigers offense was held in check. After managing only one run on the national stage of Sunday Night Baseball, the Tigers followed that up with only one run through nine innings. The one run was a J.D. Martinez home run, an opposite field shot, for his 7th home run of the season. The Twins were able to tie it up in the 8th inning off a Torii Hunter sac fly to force extra innings. The Tigers wouldn’t take long to strike for the winning run. Anthony Gose would hit a one out double and would come around to score on an Ian Kinsler bloop single for the walk off win.
Game 2: Detroit 2, Minnesota 6
WP: Ricky Nolasco (3-1)
LP: Kyle Lobstein (3-3)
Kyle Lobstein has been solid in his time filling in for the injured Justin Verlander. This start would not be more of the same though. Lobstein gave up 7 hits and 6 earned runs in only 2.1 IP. The bullpen would be excellent in the 6.2 innings of relief, giving up no runs and striking out five batters. The offense was cold once again, as the Tigers were held scoreless until the sixth inning when the game was out of reach. It would be the fourth consecutive game where the Tigers failed to score more than two runs.
Game 3: Detroit 13, Minnesota 1
WP: Anibal Sanchez (3-4)
LP: Mike Pelfry (3-1)
After what seemed like an eternity, the Tigers offense finally broke out of its slump and connected for 13 runs, 12 of which were earned. The offense was lead by none other than Miguel Cabrera who went 3-5 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday would each add a home run to spark an offense that had seen a quite surprising power outage in the month of May. The 13 runs and 20 hits by the offense were the most the Tigers have accumulated in a game this season. Anibal Sanchez continued his roller coaster season, though this time it was one of the ups. Sanchez went eight innings while giving up one run and striking out nine.
Tigers three stars of the series
1. Miguel Cabrera: .363 BA (4-11), 2 HR, 5 RBI
2. Nick Castellanos: .500 BA (5-10), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
3. Anibal Sanchez: 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 K