Max Scherzer again went (only) six innings against the White Sox, but the bullpen actually did its job this time around, only allowing one run through 3 innings. Max threw 105 pitches, walking three, striking out seven, and scattering four hits along the way. Al Alburquerque followed Sherzer and threw a scoreless inning, as did Joba Chamberlain. Evan Reed, pitching the 9th, was the only Tigers pitcher to allow a run on the day.
The offense struck for four runs in the 4th thanks, in part, to a 2 run double off the bat of last night’s hero, catcher Bryan Holaday. The Tigers loaded the bases in the 9th off of Sox reliever Maikel Cleto. With nobody out, Robin Ventura went to his pen and called on Daniel Webb. Webb was a bit wild but the Tigers only were able to manage one run – thanks to a bases loaded walk to Victor Martinez.
Miguel Cabrera was once again quiet in today’s game, two singles in five at bats with no RBIs. It was interesting to hear the contrast between the Tigers TV crew and their radio crew. While Rod and Mario were upbeat about Miguel’s day, saying that he just keeps piecing together 2 hit games and “hitting what the pitchers give him”, Dan and Jim kept talking about what in the world could be wrong with the best hitter on the planet.
The Tigers have tomorrow off and will head to Kansas City for a three game series against the second place Royals.