Just about everybody got in on the action yesterday afternoon as the Tigers kicked off their spring season with their traditional opener against Florida Southern. The Tigers scored runs in each of the first seven innings with most of the starters just getting an at bat or two. Brennan Boesch and Audy Ciriaco each went deep for the Tigers while Austin Jackson, Ryan Raburn, Alex Avila, Clete Thomas and John Murrian all doubled. Avila and Argenis Diaz had a team high two hits and Boesch drove in three (Earl Weaver would be proud, it was his three run shot).
Andrew Oliver got the start and he struck out three in two shutout innings. Jacob Turner pitched two shutout frames and Enrique Gonzalez struck out three in two perfect innings. The only pitcher to struggle was Lester Oliveros, who gave up five runs in the top of the ninth.
Today, the Tigers kick off their real games that don’t count. Game time is 1:05 and while WXYT isn’t broadcasting the game, the Jays affiliate is so you can listen in if you’re a Gameday Audio subscriber. I haven’t seen who’s pitching but I’ll pass it on once I find out.