The Tigers managed a split of the 4 game series against the Minnesota Twins with a much needed 13-4 win today at Target Field.
The Detroit offense came to play, busting out 18 hits and the 1st time they’ve scored in double digits in over 3 weeks. Victor Martinez continues to swing a red-hot bat, leading the Tigers today with 3 hits and 4 RBI, including a 2-run home run in the 6th inning off Brian Duensing. Torii Hunter also had a big day at the dish, going 2 for 5 with 4 RBI including a bases clearing triple. Rajai Davis hit his 1st home run since his walk-off homer on June 30th. He finished 2 for 6 with 2 RBI. Detroit collected 60 hits over the 4-game series, which tied a franchise record for amount of hits in a 4 game series. Minnesota finished with 57 hits, the most in a 4-game series in their franchise history since 1990.
On the mound, Max Scherzer had a rare off day, but manages to collect his 15th win of the season. The reigning AL Cy Young Winner threw 112 pitches but only lasted 5 innings. Max allowed 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 4. Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke, Jim Johnson, and Pat McCoy pitched well in relief, with Coke surrendering the only run given up by the bullpen.
Detroit will pack up and head home after a 4-3 road trip. Considering how things have gone of late, I’d consider a 4-3 road trip a success. The Royals lost 3-1 to the Texas Rangers today, so Detroit currently sits 2 games behind Kansas City for the AL Central Division lead. In the Wild Card standings, Seattle beat Boston 8-6, so the Tigers remain a game behind them for the 2nd and final wild card spot.
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees come to town Tuesday for a 3-game series! Go Tigers!