Doug Fister returned from the DL to the Tigers’ starting rotation looking much like the Doug Fister the Tigers are use too.
After dealing with a strained left side for most of the season, Fister gave the Tigers 6 scoreless innings with one walk and 6 strikeouts as the Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Saturday afternoon evening up the weekend series at a game a piece.
Fister’s outing was certainly welcomed coming off a disastrous Friday night in which relievers Jose Valverde and Luis Marte allowed 8 runs between them and a 12-4 loss in 10 innings.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Fister said. “I didn’t have any pain, and I executed pitches when I needed them. Right now, I feel very good.”
Saturday’s outing was also Fister’s first win of the season. He headed into the game 0-3 with a 3.15 ERA in six starts.
Aside from Fister’s performance, the Tigers were able to generate enough run support for Fister, something they really haven’t done in the 6 previous outings.
Austin Jackson was once again very productive at the plate going 1 for 1 with 4 walks and an RBI. He increased his batting average to .321 on the season with a OBP of .416 and a slugging percentage of .556.
Miguel Cabrera was also very Cabrera-like going 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI. The play of the game though came in the 5th inning when Cabrera hit a very innocent looking come-backer to Colorado starter Christian Friedrich. Friedrich’s throw was out of the reach of Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and as a result rolled all the way to the tarp. This allowed to Cabrera to get all the way to third before Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario’s throw bounced over Jordan Pacheco’s glove rolling all the way to the Tigers’ dugout allowing Cabrera to trot home. Tigers manager Jim Leyland later referred to Cabrera’s play as a “little league home run”.
“That’s the old little league home run. We’ve all been through that before,” Leyland said. “That’s the ol’ sandlot little league home run. It was fun to see.”
Prince Fielder also contributed an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning giving him 27 RBIs in his last 31 games.
The Tigers now go for the series tomorrow afternoon when they send Max Scherzer to the hill.
Ref: Mlive.com, Associated Press