The Detroit Tigers managed just enough offense off of one bat and some good pitching off of one arm to avoid the sweep north of the border.
The Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon, 4-1 behind an 8-inning solid performance from Doug Fister and 2 big swings from Jhonny Peralta.
In the following half-inning, perennial Tigers punching bags Delmon Young and Ryan Raburn made their way on base via a walk and a double, respectively. This set up the struggling Peralta, who would work the count and eventually send the ball over the left field wall for a 3-run homer. Peralta added an insurance homer in the 9th, setting up Jose Valverde with a manageable 3-run lead to close out the game in the 9th. Fister’s pitching performance, outside of several 2-out jams he got himself into, was rather respectable: 7 hits, 2 walks, 1 run, 9 strikeouts.
Valverde struck out 2 in a rather stress free 9th inning, getting the Jays 1-2-3 to end the game. Tigers lose the series, and are 2-4 on the current road trip, which takes them to Boston for 3 starting tomorrow night.