The Tigers continued to show why they love playing in Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon as they beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 winning the three game series two games to one.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander was very Verlander-esque going 8 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8 and walking zero. The reigning AL Cy Young Award Winner and MVP also earned his first win in over a month.
Austin Jackson also continued to swing a hot bat going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and one base on ball. One of those RBIs was a go ahead run in the 7th inning that gave the Tigers a 3-2. He later hit a two-run home run in the 9th to help seal the deal for Detroit.
The Tigers also continued to show signs of a turnaround winning five of their last seven games while going 4-2 on their recent interleague road trip.
But maybe the biggest story of the three game series with the Cubs was the onslaught of Tigers fans that invaded the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. All week-long Tigers fans often overpowered the Cubs faithful with the “Lets go Tigers!” chants as well as the outburst of cheers at the end of the final two games when Jose Valverde closed things out.
In fact this Tigers/Cubs series drew the largest attendance for a mid-week three-game series in Wrigley Field history which originally opened in 1916. The total attendance for the three games combined was over 124,000 which you can sure bet consisted of a very fair amount of Tigers fans.
The Tigers now return home to Comerica Park for a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.
Ref: Associated Press