It was 1983 (not 1993, as I erroneously wrote in the pregame post) when the Tigers last swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The history books can be rewritten, because the 2014 edition handily took care of business Sunday night in front of a national audience with a 6-2 victory.
The Tigers hit the ball hard off Jake Peavy all night, hammering 15 hits and putting a runner into scoring position in every inning but one. The only inning they didn’t do it was the seventh, in which Torii Hunter hit one over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park. Since pretty much everyone got in on the act, here’s a bullet point summary:
- Ian Kinsler had four hits, including a double, and scored twice. He acted as a catalyst atop the lineup. He missed a leadoff homer in the first by about two feet as it hit off the very top of the Green Monster.
- Hunter had two hits, including his mammoth homer.
- Miguel Cabrera officially looks back up to speed with another three hit night, driving in two runs.
- Victor Martinez only had one hit, but it was a two-strike two-run home run in the third that broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Tigers the lead for good. It was his tenth of the year. Remarkable, he only has nine strikeouts.
J.D. Martinez had two hits and everyone else but Andrew Romine had one. Boston actually took the lead first – their first of the series – but the Tigers scored three runs in the very next inning to wipe that out quickly.
Anibal Sanchez returned from the DL and got through five innings. He was not vintage Sanchez, but there was very little hard contact against him. The bullpen again made it look quite easy over the last four innings – including a Robbie Ray relief cameo. Ray, Evan Reed, Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, and Joba Chamberlain combined to pitch four innings, allow just one hit, no walks, and three strikeouts. Alburquerque in particular was extremely impressive.
It’s Detroit’s eleventh straight road win, and it was done in emphatic style. They round out their road trip starting tomorrow with a three game series against the struggling Indians in Cleveland.