After a trip to Cleveland last month began a sudden decline for the Detroit Tigers, the team turned it around this weekend by sweeping the Indians.
The starting pitching for the Tigers played an important role in the three-game sweep of the Tribe. Max Scherzer pitched six strong innings Sunday to earn his ninth win of the season. Scherzer allowed only one run, and turned in a nice outing after getting roughed up in his last start, where he allowed 10 runs over just four innings against the Kansas City Royals. Scherzer was able to pitch with a huge lead for most of the game as the offense exploded for 10 runs in the game.
The offense was led by the reigning two-time American League Most Valuable Player, Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera got the offense going in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin. Cabrera later singled in Ian Kinsler in third inning. Cabrera went 2-4 with two runs scored, while driving in three. Cabrera has once again been productive, and consistent. He is near the top in batting average and RBIs throughout the major leagues. Kinsler had three hits from the leadoff spot, while Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila each added a pair of hits as well.
One of the bigger surprises offensively for the Tigers has been the production they have gotten out of J.D. Martinez, who has filled in nicely for Torii Hunter who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Martinez who was once viewed as a top prospect, has started the previous 11 games and is a hit in each game since filling in for the injured Hunter. Over that span he has hit four home runs, and drove in 13 runs as well.
The last trip to Progressive Field a 9-20 skid that eventually saw them dropping out of first place in the American League Central Division. Detroit has now won four straight and are again on top of the division.
The Tigers hit the road and take the trip to the Lone Star State where the will play a three game series against both the Rangers and the Astros before going back to Comerica Park to host the Oakland Athletics, who currently hold the best record in the major leagues.
With the All-Star break just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what Tigers team shows up in the coming weeks.
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