Ian Kinsler has arguably been the most productive player on the Detroit Tigers, from an offensive standpoint. On Saturday night, Kinsler would continue to further that argument as he had a career night against the New York Yankees. First, he would get a hold of a first pitch fastball from Yankees starter, Masahiro Tanaka in the top of the fifth inning and send the ball into the left field seats. The ball would stay just inside the foul pole to give the Tigers the 4-1 lead.
Later, in the seventh inning, Kinsler would come to the plate with two runners on base. He would send an 86 mile per hour breaking ball to center field, over the head of Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, scoring both runners to extend the Tigers’ lead to 6-1. Batting over .300 in every month of the season thus far (.330 in April and .303 in May), Kinsler has been a model of consistency for the Tigers. Not just this season, but since the exchange for Prince Fielder that brought him over from the Texas Rangers before the start of the 2014 season. Always able to come through with a big hit or a great defensive play, Ian Kinsler is the kind of baseball player that anybody would want on their ball club.
Congrats to Ian on his career best fiver RBI night. Don’t forget to vote for him as the starting second baseman for the American League when you’re filling out the 2016 MLB All-Star Game ballot. He’s definitely All-Star Game ‘worthy’ and deserves to be in San Diego for the festivities.
Here’s the three-run home run from last night’s game that provided the big blow for the Tigers against the Bronx Bombers.
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