Miguel Cabrera’s MVP caliber season is showing no signs of slowing down as he launched his 39th and 40th home runs, one of which was a grand slam, as the Detroit Tigers (78-69) cruised past the Oakland Athletics (84-63), 12-2. Tigers hurler Max Scherzer, who leads the MLB in strikeouts, only threw 44 pitches over two innings of work while giving up one run. He departed the game early due to ‘shoulder fatigue’. The results of the MRI were negative.
Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder (1-3, R, 2 RBI) hit his 27th home run of the season as he eclipsed the century mark for RBIs. Cabrera and Fielder became the 10th Tiger’s duo to have at least 100 RBIs in a season since 1961. Cabrera (3-4, 3 R) amassed six RBIs on the night, while setting a new career season high in home runs. Jhonny Peralta (1-3) also recorded a solo home run, his 12th of the season.
Oakland’s A.J. Griffin had been posting good numbers this season compiling a 6-0 record with a tidy 1.94 ERA. The Tiger’s lineup, however, was un-phased tabbing him for the loss. Over 4.2 innings, the Tigers touched him up for five earned runs, while only logging three strikeouts raising his season ERA to 2.45
The Tiger’s bullpen accumulated 7 innings of 1-run ball. Darrin Downs (2.2 IP, BB, SO) who was in to replace Scherzer picked up the win. Phil Coke gave up the other run in the 7th inning off of Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes’ (1-2, 2 BB) single to left field scoring Josh Reddick (2-3, 2 R).
The Tigers, in their quest at a playoff berth, received no help from the Kansas City Royals as they fell to the White Sox 2-3. The White Sox hold onto a 3 game lead on the second place Tigers in the Central Division. Detroit will send Justin Verlander (14-8, 2.82 ERA) to the hill to face Oakland’s Brett Anderson (4-1, 1.93 ERA) as they continue their series tomorrow at 7:00 pm ET.
Notes: Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila is listed as day-to-day. Tests came back negative for concussion symptoms.
Tigers’ outfielder Quintin Berry left the game early with a ‘shoulder contusion’ while attempting a diving play at a flyball. X-rays were negative. He was replaced in left field by Avisail Garcia.