Detroit Tigers finish good weekend

Tigers win 2 out of 3

Posted In: Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

31st May, 2011     0

Detroit Tigers finish successful Memorial Day weekend going 2-1

The Tigers facing a number of rained out games over the last few week faced the 1st place Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park over the weekend.    Radio Broadcaster Dan Dickerson said " This has been the wettest spring we have seen since it opened in 2000."    The Tigers were going to play the Red Sox in a Day/Night doubleheader Sunday.   

The first game on Sunday saw the Tiger jump to lead the entire game only to have the Red Sox tied the game in the 8th inning. Jose Valverde came on in the 9th to preserve the lead only to see David Ortiz.  Clay Buchholz the Red Sox starting pitcher pitched an impressive game keeping the Tiger bats silent.   The Red Sox won the first game 4-3. 

The big match-up that everybody came to see was Justin Verlander vs. Josh Beckett in the nightcap.   They didn't disappoint the crowd of 30,000 plus.   The game started with a 50 minute rain delay as bad weather moved through the entire State of Michigan.   The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead with Miguel Cabrera driving in the first run of the game scoring Brennan Boesch in the 1st.   This would be all the runs that Justin Verlander would need.   He pitcher 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball.   The Tigers would end up winning the game 3-0 to move their record back to 26-26 on the season.   

The struggling Minnesota Twins would be coming into town to face the Tigers in a 3 game series before the Tigers will travel to the Windy City to face the Chicago White Sox.    The Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with Miguel Cabrera again leading the way by stroking a home run to left in the 1st inning.   Brad Penny cruised through the first 3 innings before running out of game in the top of the 5th inning.   He did finish the 6 inning trailing 5-3.   The Tigers tied the game in the 6th inning with a Victor Martinez 2 run home run at 5-5.   The Tigers then loaded the bases in the bottom of the 7th inning with no outs and failed to score.  

The Tigers got the winning run in the 8th inning on a fan interference call by the umpires allowing the runner to score from 1st.    Jose Valverde did come on in the 9th to close out the game for 6-5 victory.   Now with the ship righted and going in the right direction the Tigers are set to make a run for 1st place in the Central Division. 


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