Tigers take it to Texas
After splitting a four-game series with the New York Yankees, the Tigers headed to Texas for another tough series. The first round went to the Tigers, as they won by a final score of 6-2.
It was by no means a perfect game for Detroit, but it was a well-earned victory. Max Scherzer started for Detroit tonight, and despite some struggles with his control, he held a very potent lineup in check for six innings. Scherzer allowed two runs and eight hits, while striking out eight.
With those eight strikeouts, Scherzer once again took the lead the American League in strikeouts with 168. Trailing closely behind is Justin Verlander (166 strikeouts), who will be taking the mound for the Tigers tomorrow night, in game two of the series.
The Tigers were led offensively by Prince Fielder, who hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put Detroit ahead for good. My favorite highlight was another home run hit by a Tiger, but this one didn’t go nearly as far. It was an inside-the-park home run by Austin Jackson, which was the first of his career. Strangely enough, he still trails Fielder, who has two inside-the-park home runs in his career.
Game two will start at 8:05 EST, and will continue to preview what could very well be a playoff preview later this year.