Things can certainly change a lot in a 24 hour period and the Tigers proved just that as they were able to put last night’s 13-0 disaster behind them and beat the Angels 7-2 Wednesday from Comerica.
Start Doug Fister continues to look like the 2011 Fister that the Tigers acquired at the trade deadline.
After a shaky start to the season and two trips to the DL, Fister was strong again tonight going 8 innings allowing just one run on two hits while walking two and striking out 10. Tonight’s game would also mark the first time since September 5th, 2011 that Fister would earn a double-digit strikeouts in an outing. He’s also only given up two runs the past 15 innings after previously allowing 23 runs in four games and 20 1/3 innings prior to the All-Star break.
It was a different story though for Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
After suffering a rare shutout last night, the Tigers handed Wilson his worst loss to date in an Angels uniform dropping him to 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA.
After Pujol’s home run in the first inning, the Tigers scored seven unanswered for the win.
In the bottom half of the first the Tigers were able to manufacture a run against Wilson as Delmon Young singled home Miguel Cabrera to tie things up at one.
After a quick 1-2-3 top of the second, the Tigers poured it on in the bottom half on the inning tagging Wilson for four runs.
With the bases loaded Ryan Raburn hit in an infield single scoring Brennan Boesch. Miguel Cabrera then grounded out to second scoring Gerald Laid before Prince Fielders single to center field scored Danny Worth and Raburn from second to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 5th Brennan Boesch continued to his strong night hitting his second double of the night scoring Cabrera and Peralta to give the Tigers a 7-1 lead.
The story of the game though certainly was Doug Fister who may have eased up some of the pressure on the Tigers to go out and get starting pitching help before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st. So far this season Fister is 4-6 with a 4.04 ERA but is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA to start the second half. Last season when he was traded to the Tigers during the second half of the season he went 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA so hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Fister and the second half.
The Tigers will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon as 8-5 Max Scherzer takes the hill.
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Doug Fister was simply dominant tonight against a very good Angels offense that put up 13 on the Tigers Tuesday night. He finished the game throwing 108 total pitches with 66 of those as strikes. He looked comfortable as he did a good job locating his pitches and often times got ahead of the hitters early.