It was just what the doctor ordered. Jhonny Peralta took Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey over the bullpen wall to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 win. The walk-off winner was important for a Tigers line-up that has struggled to consistently score runs as of late. It also helps to relieve the pressure of a couple of other issues that have been plaguing Jim Leyland as of late:
The closer situation has become more annoying than the Capuchin monkey from the Night at the museum movies, slapping Leyland in the face after every Tigers loss. At least for one night Leyland doesn’t have to ask questions about the Tigers closer dilemma.
The Tigers were 7-11 going into tonight in one-run games. Peraltas ninth inning knock could inspire a lethargic Tigers offense.
AL East Achilles
Jhonnies Jack gives the Detroit tigers a 7-6 record against AL East opponents. A record that critics were beginning to point to as a reason why the Tigers could have trouble competing for a World Series title.
Drew Symly is having a tremendous season. Symly’s 2 scoreless innings were rewarded with a win after Peralta’s poke.
The Detroit Tigers will continue the four-game series against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow at Comerica Park with Doug Fister getting the ball. Start time 7:08. Catch it on Fox Sports Detroit.