Say what you want about Jim Leyland, his roster moves tonight saved this series tonight. The moves inspired the offense, leading to their Tigers most productive game of the series and a 7-3 victory in ALCS Game 4.
Detroit Tigers starting pitchers continued to perform at high levels. This time it was Doug Fister’s turn to dominate. Fister went 6 innings scattering 8 hits and allowing only one run. His curve ball was simply nasty and left the Boston hitters chirping at the home plate umpire on the way back to the dugout. After Fister left, the bullpen combination of Drew Symly, Al Alburquerque and Joaquin Benoit took care of the rest as the Red Sox threatened in the ninth but could not make much of a dent in the Tigers lead.
Despite being injured Miguel Cabrera continued a productive series, raking 2 RBI’s in the 2nd and 4th innings. That gives him 3 RBI for the series and after all the hand wringing, it looks like Miggy will be a factor in the series afterall.
Jim Leyland showed a sense of pride in his teams ability to come back during his post game press conference. In response to a question about his line-up moves Leyland said, “..this isn’t about Jim Leyland, it’s about the players”. He also showed respect for the Red Sox saying the series is between “the two best teams in baseball playing for the American League Championship” adding that “Boston has shown they are tough, but we showed that were tough too.”
The Series will continue tomorrow at Comerica Park as the Tigers look to regain the lead. Anibal Sanchez will pitch for the Tigers in a rematch of game one with Jon Lester. Start time 8 pm.