Kerry Carpenter gives Miguel Cabrera and Jake Rogers an outstanding birthday present
Kerry Carpenter gave the Detroit Tigers yet another walk-off victory
The Tigers were just eager to play baseball today, regardless of the temperatures at Comerica Park. After two days off, many of the hitters in the lineup were looking to get back out there. That eagerness showed as Kerry Carpenter gave the Tigers their third straight walk-off win with a 4-3 win over Cleveland in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Carpenter went 3-for-5 on the day and continues to his good start to the season. At this point last year, he was in Double-A Erie, tearing up the Eastern League. Now, he is one of the better hitters on the Tigers early in the season.
"No, it's nice. It's nice to be having good at bats like I've been having, and it's coming, the results are coming now, so it's fun and, and I know I can keep it going, so I just have to keep locked in." Carpenter said after the game.
The at-bat in the ninth against James Karinchak was a battle, fitting the motif lately of the Tigers, working the pitchers lately. That was a nine-pitch battle and his first walk off home run.
"He has a good heater," said Carpenter about Karinchak. "Good curve ball. So, but it's just two pitches, and I was just like trying to let it see it deep and trust myself to get to the heater up. Because I knew that's where he kind of wants to go with it. "
Riley Greene went 3-for-5 and Eric Haase went 4-for-4 as Detroit pounded out 14 hits.
Miguel Cabrera turned the big 4-0 on Tuesday, and it was also Jake Rogers' birthday although in the clubhouse, it was a low-key affair. Detroit did not have much time to celebrate, as the second game of the doubleheader started roughly 45 minutes after the first one.