At least one Tiger starter was able to hold the Mariners in check as the Tigers avoided a sweep this afternoon with a 4-2 win. Scherzer pitched six strong innings in which he gave up just two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Ryan Perry pitched out of a self induced jam in the eighth inning before Jose Valverde came in for his third save of the season.
Miguel Cabrera had the big hit with a three run blast in the third inning. He also doubled. Austin Jackson had three hits including a triple (that should have been an in the park home run if it wasn’t called an error) and Johnny Damon is showing signs of life with two hits and a run. Brandon Inge drew three walks and he now has eight walks to go with six strikeouts this season. This is pretty much a shift in his career because he’s sitting on 981 career strikeouts with only 347 walks.
Next up are the Angels. Dontrelle Willis gets another look in the opener tomorrow and the Tigers will take their chances against Joel Pineiro. Joel is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in eleven starts against the Tigers in his career.