Rapid Reactions: Tigers Reclaim Sole Possession of First
By John Parent
- Max Scherzer was anything but sharp today. While his final line doesn’t look bad (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K), it took him 111 pitches to get there. He walked two and hit two more Indians batters.
- The bullpen, on the other hand, combined to toss 3.1 innings, allowing only two baserunners and striking out four.
- Every one of the three relievers used by Jim Leyland today was right handed; that’s not easy to do when your ‘pen has four southpaws.
- Jhonny Peralta broke a 2-2 tie (and an 0-for-16 skid) with a two-out solo home run. Ryan Raburn followed with a solo shot of his own. Raburn is up to .205 on the year.
- Victor Martinez knocked in a pair of runs, he now has 38 RBI on the season, or the same total as Alex Avila. Victor missed two weeks to the DL this year.
- Yes, Don Kelly had two hit and an RBI. He still shouldn’t be hitting second. Then again, are there really better options in the lineup as currently constructed?
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