The Tigers bats opened up the series in St. Louis right where they left off. The bats came alive in game 1 of the series, followed up by an extra innings game 2, and finished off with a dud in game 3. While the Tigers picked up there second series win, 2-1, they are still 1 game behind the Royals in the Central Division. Detroit put on a good offensive show in the first two games of the series, and then the offense was stifled by St. Louis’ pitching. The starters and bullpen had a great weekend giving up only 9 runs over the three game series. Winning this series on the road was a key for Detroit as St. Louis has is currently and has consistently been one of the best teams in the National League.
Game 1: Detroit 10, St. Louis 4
WP: Shane Greene (4-2)
LP: Carlos Martinez (3-2)
The Tigers offense started out slow in Game 1, but the bats came alive in the seventh inning with Miguel Cabrera hitting his 399th career home run and Anthony Gose going 3 for 6 raising his average to .350 on the season. Shane Greene started for the Tigers and was pitching a great game until he had to leave after 5 innings with what was described as ulnar neuritis. The great news is that Greene should be able to make his next start. Also going deep on the night for Detroit was J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes.
Game 2: Detroit 4, St. Louis 3 (10)
WP: Blaine Hardy (1-0)
LP: Matt Belisle (1-1)
S: Joakim Soria (12)
Game 2 of the series featured Tigers ace David Price taking the mound. He pitched a good 6 2/3 innings while only making three bad pitches resulting in three solo home runs. Miguel Cabrera opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning by blasting his 400th career home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers wouldn’t hold the lead for long as the Cardinals tied up the game which eventually went into the tenth inning before the Tigers won the game with a Jose Iglesias RBI single to score J.D. Martinez. Joakim Soria pitched a rocky tenth inning for the save, but lowered his ERA to 1.06.
Game 3: Detroit 1, St. Louis 2
WP: Lance Lynn (3-3)
LP: Alfredo Simon (4-2)
S: Trevor Rosenthal (13)
Game 3 of the series started off on the right foot with Miguel Cabrera continuing to stroke the ball by plating Ian Kinsler with an RBI double. That was all she wrote for the offense though, as the Tigers left seven men on base and Lance Lynn shut down the potent offense. Alfredo Simon continued his great season on the mound for the Tigers, but still picked up the loss by giving up a RBI to the pitcher and a solo home run to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers definitely had there chances to win the game, but went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
Tigers three stars of the series:
1) Miguel Cabrera: .384 (5-13), 2 HR, 4 RBI
2) Yoenis Cespedes: .429 (6-14), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 Stolen Base
3) Shane Green: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 K