Prior to last night’s game, Brennan Boesch was 0 for 10 lifetime against Colby Lewis. He broke that slump with a pair of home runs against the Texas starter and he went on to have a career game. When the dust settled, Boesch was five for six with a double, two home runs, five RBIs and three runs. Not too shabby.
Max Scherzer struggled again but we didn’t need much from him because of the early lead. At this point, you wonder if he’s nursing an injury or something. With Charles Furbush in the mix, you wonder if it’d make sense to have Scherzer go on the 15 day disabled list (dead arm or something). That way he can get some rest, get a rehab/fine tuning start down in Toledo, and come back in time to make an impact like he did earlier in the season.
Joaquin Benoit has now had nine scoreless outings. Looks like he’s back. And his ERA is down from 7.98 to 5.24. During those nine outings, he’s struck out nine and walked two. I think he’s back.
Alex Avila hit his ninth home run and he’s hitting .280. I’m not sure how much consideration he’s getting, but for a catcher, those are All Star numbers. He also has more RBIs (32) then he had all of last year (31). His strikeout rate is up a little though and his walk rate is down but it doesn’t seem like it’s throwing him off much.
Tonight, it’s Rick Porcello going up against Matt Harrison. The Indians lost again so the Tigers now sit just 1 1/2 games back (two in the loss column) of first place. They play Cleveland next week so hopefully we’ll have made up that last amount of ground by then and we can take over first place in front of a home crowd.