The Tigers are a weekend into their spring season and so far, so good. As I’m writing this, the Tigers are 2-0, they man handled Florida Southern in an exhibition game, and they’re up 1-0 on the Blue Jays in their third spring game.
On Saturday, the pitching staff got the job done and they held the Braves to just one hit in a 2-0 win. Doug Fister threw two innings before he gave it up to seven different relievers who all threw an inning each. Oddly, the Tigers had only three strikeouts and it wasn’t until the eighth inning, with Chris Bootcheck on the mound, that the Braves got their first hit. Jerad Head put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run in the third. Prince Fielder was two for two with a walk.
Yesterday was a whole different ball game and the Tigers unloaded with nine home runs in a 18-3 win. Raburn hit two out and then seven different Tigers hit a home run each. Raburn finished with five RBIs while Alex Avila had three runs in the blowout win.
It looks like the Tigers are a little more serious about Brandon Inge playing second base. He’s gotten the start in spring games one and three and he filled in there in the second game. Raburn has gotten time at second but not as much as Inge. It’s early but Inge is hitting .400 so far.
The Tigers are trying to make it 3-0. They’re up 1-0 in the fourth. Justin Verlander gave up a hit and he struck out one in two innings of work. Adam Wilk gave up a pair of hits in his two frames.