If the Tigers are going to make the playoffs this season they’re going to have to take care of business themselves and get a little help from their AL counterparts.
And tonight that’s exactly what happened.
After Justin Verlander earned his 15th win of the season in a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night, the Kansas City Royals offered a little help by beating the Chicago White Sox 3-0 moving the Tigers within 2 games of the AL Central lead.
Aside from the Tigers inching closer to the White Sox, Miguel Cabrera inched closer to his quest for a Triple Crown. In the fifth inning Cabrera belted his 41st home run of the season moving him one behind Texas’ Josh Hamilton for the lead in the American League. Other than home runs, Cabrera leads the AL in RBI’s with 130 and batting average at .333.
Detroit was able to get on the board first Wednesday night in the third inning when Omar Infante doubled to left field scoring Gerald Laird and Andy Dirks. After loading the bases and a pitching change when A’s starter Brett Anderson injured his oblique, Delmon Young hit a sac fly to center giving the Tiger a 3-0 lead. From there the Tigers didn’t look back as Cabrera, Peralta and Infante contributed the rest of the Tigers’ RBIs.
The Tigers now go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon when they send Anibal Sanchez to the mound in hopes of gaining more ground in the AL Central.