Monday, May 09, 2011

Tigers Win Road Series Over Jays

The Tigers topped the Blue Jays 10-5 tonight for their third win of a four game series at Toronto. Here are the highlights and lowlights:
  • Max Scherzer was not too efficient tonight throwing 97 pitches in just five innings.  He did manage to hold the Blue Jays to just two runs despite giving up five hits and three walks.  For those who like to follow pitcher wins and losses, Max is now 6-0.
  • The amazing Al Alburquerque carved up the Jays with his devastating slider pitching two shutout innings with four strikeouts.  He's got 22 strikeouts in just 12 2/3 innings.  He's a lot of fun to watch right now.
  • On the other hand, Ryan Perry was not a pleasure to watch tonight.  He came in with an eight-run lead in the ninth inning and proceeded to load the bases on walks to start the inning.  He later allowed two hits and hit a batter forcing Jim Leyland to bring in his closer Jose Valverde on what should have been a day of rest.
  • Offensively, the Tigers exploded for six runs in the fourth inning versus Toronto Starter Brandon Morrow who had cruised through the first three frames.  The key blow was a bases loaded three-run double by Austin Jackson.  AJax went one for six, but is now 15 for 44 (.341 BA) with five extra base hits in his last ten games.
  • Victor Martinez is also swinging a hot bat.  He went three for four with two doubles and a home run and is now 9 for 22 since his return from the disabled list.
  • The Tigers now travel to Minnesota for two games.  Tomorrow night will be an intriguing match-up with Rick Porcello facing Francisco Liriano (who pitched a no hitter last time out).

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