Leyland Shuffles the Lineup, Tigers Win 7-3, These Things May or May Not Be Related

Fister was strong.

Fister was strong.

The Tigers’ revamped lineup jumped on Jake Peavy and the Red Sox for five second inning runs and never really looked back, as the team ended up rolling 7-3, and tied the ALCS 2 games apiece.

Doug Fister went 6, allowing 1 run on 8 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 7. Four relievers combined to pitch the final 3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, with 3 strikeouts. Joaquín Benoit made things a little interesting in the 9th, allowing a run, but got David Ortiz on a fly out to right center to end the game (and avenge himself after disappointment and heartbreak of game 2).

Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Austin Jackson all came up with big blows amidst a 9-hit attack (the Tigers were actually outhit by Boston 12 to 9).

Following a fairly quiet first inning, Victor Martinez led off the second with a single. After back-to-back walks to Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila, Omar Infante popped out to center, but Martinez was unable to score. A scuffling Austin Jackson then came up with the bases loaded and worked a walk to bring home the first run of the game. José Iglesias then grounded into a fielder’s choice (die neighborhood play die!) to bring home the second run, and Hunter doubled home two more. Cabrera capped off the scoring with an RBI single to score Hunter, and the Tigers had their first 5-run inning since game 3 of the 1987 ALCS.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fourth, to open up a 7-0 lead. Boston cut into it a few innings later to make it 7-1, and then added another in the seventh off a combo of Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque.

The Sox were able to score another run in the ninth to make it 7-3, but as mentioned above, Benoit retired Ortiz on a 95mph heater to end the game. The Tigers will send Anibal Sánchez (1-1, 4.35 ERA) back to the mound against Jon Lester (1-1, 1.93 ERA) in search of a 3-2 series lead.

The Tigers are in good position as far as the rotation goes, with Sanchez, Max Scherzer, and Justin Verlander lined up for games 5, 6, and 7.

And, yes, Jim Leyland said after the game he would go with the same lineup for game 5.

  • Ryan

    Thank you tigers for making me look like an ass. Please continue!

  • cestma

    What’s the weather like in Detroit? :(

    • verlander

      A little rainy.

      • cestma

        Crum!

        • verlander

          Should hold off though.

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