It’s a spring game, but what a fun one to watch as the Tigers kicked off their televised schedule with a come from behind win that the Tigers won on their final at bat. Timo Perez came a double short of hitting for the cycle and he finished four for five with two RBIs and three runs from the leadoff spot. Will Rhymes drove home Ramon Santiago for the game winner and what was interesting was the fact that he couldn’t get down a bunt his first couple of tries. He then swung with two strikes and the single he belted pushed home Ramon.
Brent Clevlen also went yard for Detroit. Gary Sheffield also had a nice game with a single and two walks.
What was just as impressive about the 7-6 win was that the Tigers were down 4-0 before they even got a chance to bat. Zach Miner had the rough first, then got into a little trouble in the second before finally calming down. Bobby Seay struck out three in two innings but he gave up a run and Brandon Lyon and Ryan Perry both threw shutout frames.
The Tigers take on Houston, who haven’t won many games this spring. It’ll be Justin Verlander versus former Tiger Brian Moehler in the afternoon game. The Astros affiliate has the game on the radio but unfortunately I won’t be around to listen in. The USA team plays tomorrow at seven as they continue their pursuit of the WBC title. It’s also cool that there’s at least one or more night games. I’m watching the Pirates and Rays right now. In the meantime, Venezuela and Puerto Rico are playing to see who gets to move on. The loser is the opponent for the US tomorrow. Cuba and Mexico play tonight with the loser being eliminated.