Another gem for Fister.
Tigers 5, Twins 2
Doug Fister (6-4, 92.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 2.8 WAR) came into Sunday’s game having pitched phenomenally over the last several outings, and really the entire season, but had very little to show for it in the win column thanks to almost no run support (50 runs entering the day). But he got early support from Torii Hunter’s 300th career homerun and later from a very impressive Austin Jackson bomb.
Fister would handle the rest, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a walk and 15 of the first 16 before allowing a homerun to Dozier that broke up his no-hit bid (Dozier had both hits against Fister). He finished the day with a fantastic 7.2 inning, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K performance. It was classic, no drama, fast working Doug Fister. Hunter tacked on another with a 12 pitch AB that ended in an RBI double to help pad the lead for Benoit, who was called on to get the final four outs (!).
The win sends the Tigers to 38-29 as they head home from a .500 road trip to face the Orioles. Max Scherzer (9-0, 90.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 2.49 FIP, 2.9 WAR) will get the ball in game one on Monday, looking to build on his excellent 2013 campaign.
The Moment: Jackson smashes a 2-run HR in the 4th.