The Tigers are near the top of most offensive categories in the league, but they haven’t really shown it since the All Star break – until tonight, anyway, when the Tigers scored in every single inning in an 11-5 rout of Colorado.
While only the 4th and 5th innings saw the team score more than once, it hardly mattered – the Tigers were all over Rockies pitching from the start. In the first, it was a double, single, and a run-scoring double play. In the second, it was a two out single from Alex Avila (off a lefty!). The third brought a long dead center homer from Miguel Cabrera. In the fourth, Avila doubled (off a lefty!) and and Eugenio Suarez added a second run with a single. In the fifth, it was Victor Martinez’s three run homer. Ian Kinsler singled in a run in the sixth, J.D. Martinez homered in the seventh, and Rajai Davis drove in a run with a single in the eighth.
That turned out to be more than enough for Rick Porcello, who overcame some early struggles to roll through eight innings, striking out 10 and allowing five hits.
Since we’re a Tigers blog and we have to complain about something, Pat McCoy came into an 11-2 game in the 9th and failed to even record an out. Three runs ended up scoring as Phil Coke had to come in and put out the fire. Joe Nathan even had to warm up at one point.
This is only Detroit’s second series win since the All Star game. Anibal Sanchez will lead them in their efforts to sweep tomorrow.