The Detroit Tigers closed the gap on the Central Divsion Rival Cleveland Indian’s 5 run lead, but fell losing 7-6. Although the Tigers fell short tonight you get the impression that this line-up can comeback from any deficit at anytime. A difference from 2013 Tigers and Tigers teams of the past who would get men on base but would have difficulty getting runs across the plate once they got to the fifth spot in the order. This year the bottom part of the order is reaching base and setting the table for the Tigers big bats. A difference that is evident in Miguel Cabrera’s numbers as he has already driven in 40 runs in the young season.
The Tribe built a 6-1 lead against Justin Verlander and Drew Smyly going into the bottom of the 7th inning. Then the comeback started with a lead off double off the bat of Victor Martinez. Matt Tuiasosopo picnh hit for Andy Dirks and continued his success off the bench by drawing a walk. The following batter Jhonny Peralta then walked to load the bases with nobody out. With the bases loaded Bryan Pena sacrificed home V-mart giving way to Omar Infante who clears the bases with a triple. Omar Infante scored on a Austin Jackson ground-out and just like that the Tigers were within one.
The Indians added another run in the 8th but it looked like the Tigers would complete the comeback in the ninth with Torii Hunter at the plate with runners that corners and 2 out. Hunter drove in a run on a line drive closing the gap to one run and leaving two men on for Miguel Cabrera. Unfortunately, Cleveland closer Chris Perez got Miggy to hit a grounder out slowly to third base as Cleveland evened the series with Detroit.
The Indians have been playing well lately and have pulled within one game of the Detroit Tigers for first place. The Tigers will look to put the Tribe in their place when they play the final game of the three game series on Sunday at Comerica Park first pitch 1:05.