Monday, September 05, 2011

Tigers Sweep White Sox


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Chicago
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
9
3
Detroit
1
0
3
5
0
7
0
2
0
18
24
1

The line score above tells it all. The Tigers didn't just sweep the White Sox under the rug. They swept them clear out of Detroit and probably out of the pennant race. Tonight's game was nothing like yesterday when they came back from a seven run deficit to beat the White Sox 9-8. Tonight, the White Sox looked like a demoralized team as the Tigers mauled then 18-2 to complete the three-game sweep.

The Tigers put on an amazing offensive display tonight.  They had 24 hits, 22 of them by the sixth inning.  As Dan Dickerson pointed out on Twitter, they struck out 12 times which means there were just 36 balls in play.  That comes out to a .667 BABIP.  That's probably not sustainable!  Every Tiger starter had at least one hit tonight and everyone but Ryan Raburn had at least two.  Awesome Alex Avila led the attack with four hits.

Not to be forgotten was a strong performance by Max Scherzer tonight.  He went seven shutout innings allowing just five hits and walking nobody.  He must have loved all that run support.  Hopefully, they saved some runs for Doug "no run support" Fister tomorrow. 

The Tigers now go to Cleveland for a three game series starting tomorrow afternoon.  If they take two of three there, that would pretty much wrap it up I think.  Here are the current standings:


Team
W
L
PCT
GB
Detroit
78
62
.557
----
Cleveland
70
67
.511
6 ½
Chicago
68
69
.496
8 ½
Minnesota
58
81
.417
19 ½
Kansas City
58
83
.411
20 1/2

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