Thursday, June 09, 2011

Verlander, Avila, Boesch Carry Tigers Past Mariners

after a successful road trip to Chicago and Texas, the Tigers kept the momentum going with a 4-1 win over the Mariners at Comerica Park tonight.  The Tigers have now won 9 of their last 11 and are just a game behind the idle Indians.  Highlights of tonight's victory are listed below.

Justin Verlander pitched eight innings allowing just one run on five hits and struck out a season-high 10 batters.  The Tigers ace has pitched at least 6 innings in all of his 14 starts and has allowed more than 3 runs just once.  That gives him a league-leading Quality Start Percentage of 93% (13 out of 14). 

Alex Avila crushed two triples into the gap in right-center field making him the third Tigers catcher since at least 1919 to get two triples in one game.  The others were Lance Parrish in 1980 and Brad Ausmus in 1999.

Brennan Boesch continued his hot hitting with a double and a homer.  In 8 games this month, Boesch had hit .424 with 4 homers and 2 doubles.  Ive been skeptical of Boesch, but I think I'm finally coming around with this recent surge. 

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