The Detroit Tigers bats are cured from whatever ailed them at the end of June. They scored 7 tonight against the tribe in a game for control of the central division. that was more than enough as the Detroit Tigers shut-out the Cleveland Indians 7-0 at Progressive Field. The offense was the story in this game as two former Indians combined for 4 RBI.
Victor Martinez pushed his average to .242 as he continues to sooth worried Tigers fans who fear his best days are behind him. V-Mart was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and a walk. Jhonny Peralta’s game wasn’t nearly as good but he hit a clutch double in the top of the 5th inning scoring 2 runs.
Ramon Santiago contributed with a 2 RBI single in place of Omar Infante who missed another game from a leg contusion suffered during the Blue Jays series.
On the mound Rick Porcello, Al Alburquerque and Bruce Rondon combined to shut-out the Cleveland Indians. Rick Porcello had his best start of the year pitching 7 strong innings, striking out 6 while holding the Indians scoreless. Bruce Rondon had a little trouble in the ninth but finished strong by striking out the final two batters.
The Detroit Tigers extend their lead in the division to 2 1/2 games over the Indians and push their record to 9 games above the .500 mark. The Tigers will look to continue their dominance over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field. Anibal Sanchez makes his first start after being reinstated from the disabled list in the second game of the three game weekend series. He will be opposed by Carlos Carrasco how is 0-3 with a 8.17 ERA in 2013.