Well, the Tigers didn’t put up 14 runs today, but they didn’t have to thanks to Max Scherzer. Scherzer allowed a single run to a powerful Dodgers lineup. The Tigers, without both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, were able to plate four runs thanks to some timely hitting and aggressive base running.
After giving up a one-out triple to Yasiel Puig in the first inning, it looked as if the Dodgers lineup would have its way with the Tigers. Puig never advanced the 90 feet to home though thanks to a heads-up play by Tiger shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Rajai Davis made a diving stop to end that inning and essentially the Dodgers offensive hopes for the day. The only Dodgers run would come courtesy of Miguel Rojas, who hit his first career homer in the 5th inning after Detroit was ahead 3-0.
The Tigers lineup today resembled one of Jim Leyland‘s famous “Sunday lineups” where regulars sat to give them a two-day rest. Miguel Cabrera was given the day off and was spelled by Don Kelly…who bat fifth. Despite the complete lack of logic in his placement, Kelly was on base three times thanks to two hits and an intentional walk (yup, the Dodgers intentionally walked Don Kelly). Victor Martinez was out yet again with a sore back. At this point, I have no idea why he is not on the DL. The Tigers are basically playing with a 24 man roster right now. Austin Jackson basically held up a double bird to my comments about him being “broken” by going 2-4 with a triple (to lead off the game) and a double.