Tigers’ Offense Continues Its September Slumber, Joaquín Benoit Blows Save In Extra Innings Loss

Down in front!

Down in front!

Let’s get the good out of the way: Anibal Sanchez pretty much clinched the AL ERA title with five shutout innings. Jhonny Peralta had a 2-for-5 night. Alex Avila knocked in the Tigers’ only RBI. Miguel Cabrera had two more hits to seal up the batting title. Drew Smyly looked sharper, and his velocity was back. Al Alburquerque continues his resurgence. ETA: The Tigers’ pitching staff broke the strikeout record!

And on to the bad: Joaquín Benoit blew his second save of the year, and his second on this roadtrip. Evan Reed. The Tigers’ offense sputtered and died yet again. Evan Reed. Evan Reed. Evan Reed.

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There isn’t really much to say about this one. It was yet another low intensity, post-clinch snoozefest. Should we be concerned about the lack of offense since the beginning of September? Should we be concerned Benoit has blown two saves in his last four outings? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s hard to say.

Sanchez pitched well enough to get a win, even if he did only go five innings. He probably could have easily gone eight innings. The Marlins’ offense was no match for Sanchez, whose short but dominant outing included eight strikeouts. The Marlins didn’t fare much better against the Tigers’ subsequent relievers until Benoit, who blew the save with one strike to go, and possible Marlins sleeper agent Evan Reed, who was so wild and ineffective he actually hit a guy in the batting helmet.

The story was truly the quiet bats, though. They did manage nine hits, but none went for extra bases. Granted, the Marlins’ eyesore ballpark isn’t much of an offensive haven, but still. Nine singles and only one run to show for it? How will this team ever beat the mighty Oakland juggernaut?!



Don’t cry, Dawson. It’s gonna be okay.


  • Ryan

    I feel like this is pre-season football…it’s the pre-season, so if you lose, who cares…it’s the pre-season. If you win, that’s great…but it’s the pre-season. We’ll judge you when the real season begins.

  • Ed Hahnenberg

    I agree, Dawson. Oakland will thrash the Tigers. They made the playoffs. End of story. Leyland has to go.

  • verlander

    I wish we could bring back Randy Smith. He’d return us to the pre-Leyland glory days.

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