In a pitchers duel, for what seems like the hundredth time this year, the Tigers finally broke this game open in the seventh inning. Another outstanding starting pitching performance by Anibal Sanchez kept the Tigers in the game long enough to break it open. Drew Smyly threw another gem in relief.
Cabrera and Fielder having done nothing up until then both contributed to this victory. Miggy by crushing a double to clear the bases and Prince by beating out a strike out to extend an inning and allowing Martinez to drive in one run. This was a team win for the Tigers.
The Twins, outside of their pitching, made mistakes all over the field. The Tigers will gladly take the victory. This is how this team needs to play more often with everyone contributing. This was a great game to watch, it always is when they win. This brings the panic level down a little, however they need to put together a long winning streak to shut it down completely.
As an added incentive for Mr. Sanchez, Mickey Lolich threw out the first pitch. Anibal Sanchez broke Lolich’s record for strike outs in a single game by striking out 17 earlier this year. The win continues the Tigers starting pitching dominance which has been the mainstay for a Tigers team that has had explosive but streaky offense this season. This game is an example of how they should play every night, if they do that a parade down Woodward won’t be far off.