Tigers 8, Mariners 3 (box)
- The eight runs didn’t all come via pure offensive production, the Mariners pitching and defense helped out a bit. One Tiger run scored when the left fielder couldn’t cleanly scoop the ball off the grass, and two more runs came with runners scoring from third on wild pitches. Still, ten hits (some actually coming with RISP) and six walks made for a nice day on offense.
- If it wasn’t for a two-run blast in the third inning, I’d be raving about Max Scherzer‘s start. Instead I’ll just call it pretty good. Only allowing two runs was great, but allowing four walks and a home run will often lead to more than that. Still, I like where Max is headed.
- Ryan Raburn has 11 strikeouts in the last four games (18 at-bats). He did come up with one hit in this game, but the swings out of Ryan are mostly terrible right now. He’s slumping worse than Jackson, and it isn’t pretty.
- Victor Martinez exited the game in the second inning with a groin injury. He was battling the injury coming into the series, and the report was that he wasn’t going to catch in Seattle, but he’ll probably stay away from even DH duties for a spell.
- Jhonny Peralta deserves credit for his performance at the plate thus far. A .344 OBP and .423 SLG are as good (or better) as any of us could have hoped out of him. Not terribly flashy, but effective.
- Was it joke uniform night in Seattle? Oh, those were serious? I wasn’t a fan of the teal-colored home alternate jerseys that they wore.
- The Tigers now sit in third place. They’re a half game in front of the White Sox, and 4.5 games behind Cleveland (CLEVELAND?!?). It hasn’t necessarily been the start we wanted, but the Tigers are still in a pretty good spot. It’s a very winnable division.