6-3, 1st in AL Central
Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler started the games with base hits and just like that the Tigers had more hits than they did all Friday night against Andrew Cashner. It's good that he can't pitch everyday. After Kinsler's double (his first of two against Ian Kennedy) the Tigers were on the board first with a 1-0 lead and they didn't look back. With the victory, Justin Verlander now has as many wins as Rick Porcello (1) and the Tigers rotation has tied Joe Nathan in wins (2).
News and Notes
- Good stuff from Verlander in this game. He struck out eight of 30 batters faced and his command was better. Many of his strikeouts came on his curveball, which was on point for most of the evening. 19 first pitch strikes is also a good number. I mean, it's the Padres, who're you afraid of really?
- Huge double for Austin Jackson in the ninth. Davis and Kinsler walked with one out, then Torii Hunter grounded out, and Miguel Cabrera (who had an RBI double earlier) was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Jackson ripped a ground rule double to knock in two runs and add to the Tigers' lead.
- The Jackson double made it a non-save situation for Nathan in the ninth. Even though it wasn't a save chance and it's the Padres, it was nice to see him not self combust on the mound.
- Kinsler hit two doubles on the night. He knocked in Davis with a double in the first and scored on Miggy's double in the third. Kinsler's up to .308/.341/.462 on the season.
- Alex Avila continues to strikeout a ton. He struck out three times on Saturday night and he's struck out at least once in every game he's had a plate appearance in so far this season. Not a great trend. Avila's 14 strikeouts in 28 plate appearances give him a 50 percent ratio and that gets worse if you remove the walks and sacrifice hits. Tough to watch right now.
Around the Org Scores
AAA Toledo Mud Hens
2-7, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie Seawolves
4-4, 2rd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers
6-3, t-1st in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps
5-4, t-5th in North Division
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