Tigers On the Brink of Sweep After Big Night From Omar Infante

Infante stepped in for the ailing Cabrera.

Infante stepped in for the ailing Cabrera.

Omar Infante stepped up big in the absence of Miguel Cabrera, clubbing two homeruns and contributing five RBI, as the Tigers romped to a 10-5 victory over the sinking Tribe. Anibal Sánchez was also strong, going 6.2 IP, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts. José Veras struggled a bit with his control and gave up two runs in the eighth to tighten the Tigers’ three-run lead to 6-5, but the Tigers added four insurance runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

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The Indians again didn’t have an answer for the Tigers’ offense. After the Indians took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Tigers responded with a four run second. The Indians cut the Tigers’ lead to two when Michael Bourn singled home Asdrubal Cabrera, but the Tigers again had an answer for the Indians’ comeback attempts. Infante hit his second homer of the game in the sixth, and the Indians’ Yan Gomes followed with a solo homer of his own to make it a 6-3 game.

In the eighth, things got even more interesting when Carlos Santana hit a deep fly ball to dead center with a runner on. It looked like Austin Jackson might be able to catch it, but Jackson couldn’t hold onto the ball and crashed into the wall at full speed. Jackson initially looked like he was hurt, and the Tigers were unable to get to the ball quickly enough to prevent a rare Santana inside-the-park two run homer. Luckily for the Tigers, Jackson was fine; he showed how fine he was when he hit a triple to drive in two insurance runs in the eighth.

The Tigers added two more runs, one on a squeeze play involving José Iglesias, to cap off the scoring.

Joaquín Benoit worked a perfect ninth, striking out one batter, to preserve the 10-5 victory.

But on to the important news:

NICK CASTELLANOS IS COMING UP TOMORROW AND WILL BE IN THE LINEUP.

  • Ryan

    Looking forward to watching Nick!

  • Ryan

    Looks like no Castellanos in the lineup, unfortunately.

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