The Tigers have not had too many easy victories this year. Even when they are going well, the games are usual nail biters. Despite the fact that they came into the game 10 games over .500, they had scored fewer runs than they had given up for the season. Tonight, they finally broke out for 11 runs on 15 hits and demolished the Indians 11-3. It was the first time since August 15 when they clubbed the Royals 10-3 that they had reached double figures in runs.
Ever Tigers starter had a hit tonight but the most impressive performance of the night came from Carlos Guillen. Not only did the Tigers switch hitter smash two homers and a double, but one of the homers and the double came when Guillen was batting right handed. That is noteworthy because Guillen has been unable to swing the bat right-handed since returning from his shoulder injury.
Miguel Cabrera had a big night collecting two hits including his 31st homer. He also scored three runs and knocked in three. Other Tigers with multiple hits were Clete Thomas, Placido Polanco and Ramon Santiago with two apiece.
The win reduced the Tigers magic number to nine games and temporarily increased their lead to three games over the Twins. However, the Twins lead the White Sox 8-6 in the ninth inning so it looks like they will get back to 2 1/2 games by the end of the night. TheTwins have an off day tomorrow so the Tigers have a chance to pick up a half game. The pitching match-up is favorable for the Tigers - Justin Verlander versus Carlos Carrasco who has a 9.64 ERA in three games with the Indians.