Detroit Tigers Come Out On Top In Back And Forth Affair


Friday night, when the ball jumped off Adam Eaton’s bat and landed in the right-field stands for the second consecutive game, it was as if you could hear Detroit Tigers fans everywhere saying, “here we go again.”

However, in the second game of this four game series, Detroit showed heart, and resiliency, which is an encouraging sign for a team that will need plenty of both to reach the postseason.

In the very next frame following Eaton’s fifth home-run of the year, Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the board with his fourteenth double of the year, making it 1-1, after the first inning.

Then, after a Jose Abreu home-run put Chicago on top once more, in the top of the third, Detroit bounced back once more to tie the game on a Jose Iglesias single in the bottom of the fourth, before ultimately taking the lead on a triple off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes in the fifth.

The White Sox proved to be equally scrappy, however. In the very next inning, Melky Cabrera tallied a triple of his own, and tied the ballgame, before Anibal Sanchez allowed yet another home-run. Tyler Flowers’ fifth long-ball of the season made it 4-3.

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But, yet again, the Tigers fought back. This time, for good. In the bottom of the seventh, Rajai Davis sent just his second home-run into the left-field seats and evened the score before J.D. Martinez hit his 19th, which represented the go-ahead, and winning run.

The home-run was the latest in a long line of stellar performances by the young right-fielder. In the last week alone, he is 8-25, with 5 HRs, and 11 RBI. On the season, he is now hitting .274 with 19 HRs and 46 RBI.

And Martinez was not alone. In his second appearance since returning from an injury, and the minor leagues, Bruce Rondon turned in another flawless outing for a bullpen that desperately needed relief.

Rondon, and the rest of the Tigers, will take on Chicago yet again tomorrow in a matchup that will pit Kyle Ryan against John Danks. The game will take place at 4:08 and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

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