Victor Martinez came up big again against his former team with a clutch double in the Top of the 10th inning to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2. After two outs in the 10th, Indians reliever Matt Albers walked Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder bringing Martinez to the plate. A strategy team employed against the Tigers last year when Delmon Young was batting fifth. Victor Martinez then crushed a double over Cleveland centerfielder Micheal Bourne’s head to put the Tigers on top 4-2.
The 2 run lead was all the Detroit Tigers would need as Benoit closed it out in the ninth after striking out Mike Aviles with two men on base. It was Joaquin Benoit’s 7th save of the year. Benoit seems to have settled into the closer role. He is 7 for 7 in save opportunities this year with a 0.00 ERA.
The hit in the 10th inning was Victor Matinez’ second double of the night, the first one came in the second inning with one out. Martinez would later score the Detroit Tigers first run after Peralta doubled to drive him in. V-Mart was 2 for 4 in tonight’s game extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Martinez looks like he is finely returning to form. Something the Tigers desperately need to score runs consistently.
Max Scherzer didn’t get the win tonight having left in the 7th inning with the game tied 2-2. So he will have to wait until Saturday to go for his 14th win. Max Scherzer did pitch well however allowing just two runs in his seven innings of work. Because he did not receive a decision, Max Scherzer preserved his undefeated record.
The Detroit Tigers take 3 of 4 from the Cleveland Indians and extend their lead in the American League Central to 3 1/2 games. With just 9 games remaining with the Indians this season, tonight’s win puts the Tigers in a very good position in the standing moving forward. This game may turn out to be one of games you look back at and highlight as a turning point in the season. Especially considering the Tigers lighter second-half schedule.