Detroit Tigers Pound Cincinnati Reds in Series Opener
By Steve Mitzel
The Detroit Tigers’ offense and pitching continued to burst out of the slump that they were in during their recent slide.
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The Tigers easily beat the consistently overrated Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a two and two home and away stance against the Redstockings.
Anibal Sanchez took the mound for the Tigers and had his second consistent game to get back on track to the Anibal that we have known to grow, love and depend upon. He pitched his first complete game of the year and was spectacular. Sanchez produced the best pitched game by a Tiger pitcher all season- a nine inning, TWO hit, seven strike out and NO walk performance.
The Tiger offense also stepped up again this game. They produced six runs off the bats of primarily J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers offense produced eleven hits in the 6-0 romp of the Redlings.
J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with an RBI single to break the tie no score in the bottom of the fourth with a single to third basemen Todd Frazier, scoring Yoenis Cespedes. J.D. homered in the bottom of the sixth for his second and third RBI of the game, scoring Miguel Cabrera.
Miggy continued his hot streak and his early bid for a triple crown with another 2 for 4 performance increasing his batting average to .344 and his RBI total to forty-seven.. He cracked open the game in the bottom of the sixth when he singled to left and scored Anthony Gose and Ian Kinsler. The future hall of famer continues to step up his game although Eric Hosmer continues to lead all start votes for first basemen.
The Tigers continued to improve upon their record and look like a contender as they improved to 34-30 and gain a game on the first place Kansas City Royals to be only 2.5 games behind.
The Tigers conclude their home stand tomorrow with Kyle Ryan getting the start against righty Michael Lorenzen at 7:08PM at Comerica Park.