As fate would have it, Ian Kinsler starred for the Tigers in his first game back at Globe Life Park as the Tigers scored a bunch of runs late to beat the Rangers 8-2, moving their win streak to five.
- After a rather acrimonious departure – at least as far as his relationship with the front office is concerned – what better way for Ian Kinsler to show the Texas Rangers what they’re missing than by homering in his very first at bat? He even waved at the Rangers dugout on the way by, which might get him a free base tomorrow. Kinsler drove in two more with an eighth inning single. Nice night.
- The Tigers sent eleven men to the plate in the seventh inning – a frame that began with the game tied at 1. Victor Martinez led off with a double, setting the stage for J.D. Martinez, who came up with yet another big homer, this one off Colby Lewis to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. After Nick Castellanos flied out, Austin Jackson singled and stole second and scored on an Alex Avila single. A Eugenio Suarez double moved Avila to third, and a Rajai Davis single drove in another run. Kinsler struck out and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases, and an unintentional walk to Victor forced home the fifth run of the inning. This made it 6-1 and the Tigers didn’t look back.
- Drew Smyly was good again. He gave the Tigers six innings, allowing five hits and striking out five. A lengthy third inning inflated his pitch count, but he really doubled down and got some quick innings after that. He seems to have mastered the 6 IP/1 R outing.
- Not much tonight, but the Tigers’ “aggressive” baserunning continues to cross the line into stupid territory, such as Austin Jackson trying to steal third with one out. Rajai Davis got thrown out as he overslid second base on a more defensible steal attempt. The Tigers lead the AL in outs made on the basepaths. That’s what aggression does.
The Tigers look for six in a row tomorrow night as Troo Ace Anibal Sanchez battles Joe Saunders.