Tigers Jump On Grimm Early, While Fister and Strong ‘Pen Hold Rangers Off

Justin Grimm's night did not have a fairytale ending.

Justin Grimm’s night did not have a fairytale ending.

The Tigers scored seven early runs off the Texas Rangers’ Justin Grimm and Doug Fister was more like his old self, as the Tigers took game one of the series, 7-2.

Fister pitched well, as he went six solid innings and allowed two runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Bruce Rondon followed up Fister’s effort with a perfect 1.1 IP of relief, throwing only ten pitches as he struck out 2. Rondon featured all of his pitches tonight, and all were strikes.

Drew Smyly pitched 1.1 IP and Joaquín Benoit got the final out of the ninth to preserve the victory.

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Grimm was in trouble from the first batter on, as Austin Jackson jumped on him for a leadoff double. Torii Hunter soon followed with a double of his own to score Jackson, and then Miguel Cabrera followed with a walk. After a Prince Fielder single to load the bases, Victor Martinez took a walk to force home a run. Jhonny Peralta followed that with a 2-RBI double to score Cabrera and Fielder, and Martinez scampered all the way to third. After a Dirks strikeout, Alex Avila dumped a single in left in front of Jurickson Profar, a natural shortstop playing LF for Texas now, and scored Martinez. Santiago grounded into an inning ending double play.

The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second off Grimm, but wouldn’t really threaten again after that. Grimm was pulled due to an injury, and the Rangers’ bullpen shut the Tigers down for the rest of the game, allowing just two total baserunners over the final 4.2 IP, while racking up 3 strikeouts.

Bullet Points

  • The Tigers had lost five of their last six at home before tonight’s victory.
  • Victor Martinez has gone 21 for his last 46 over his 14 game hitting streak. He’s batting .456 over that 14 game span.
  • Only five players in MLB history have had a .360 average, 30 homers, and 90 RBI before the break: Cabrera, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.
  • Martinez has raised his batting average about 40 points over his 13 game hitting streak (now 14), according to Dan Dickerson.

    Max Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound tomorrow in search of his 14th victory, while the Rangers will counter with Derek Holland (7-4, 3.19 ERA). Scherzer is 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in the regular season against the Rangers. Holland is to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last seven road starts

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