The Tigers extended their win streak to seven games when they played the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Then, they weren’t able to come up with a win on Saturday, or Sunday.
But, in yesterday’s Memorial Day game at Kauffman Stadium, they were able to make up for the weekend losses in one fell swoop.
The Kansas City Royals put their best foot forward for game one of the series by placing Gil Meche on the mound. Meche didn’t make it through three innings. The Tiger bats were alive and hitting!
Justin Verlander didn’t allow a base runner until the fourth. He pitched a shut-out through seven, and struck out eight batters en route to his fifth win of the season.
“One thing that strikes me in his last few games is when we take a lead, he goes out and shuts them down immediately,” bullpen coach Jeff Jones said. “And that’s huge. It seems like every time we take a lead and he’s on the mound, he has a very quick inning the next time. It really helps break their spirit and helps you get back in the dugout.”
Although his pitching was exceptional, as Tigers pitching has been of late, he was given ample run support in this one. The offense tallied 13 times on 19 hits.
Tonight, the Royals will send Zack Grienke (0.82 ERA) to pitch against Edwin Jackson (2.55 ERA).
DOUBLE DIGIT FUN
Did you notice the numerous games where double digit runs were scored, yesterday? In addition to the Tigers game (13-1), the other double digit results were…