How Was The Game? (July 2, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

One with a solid ending.

Tigers 7, Jays 6

The first inning of this one was a mess for Doug Fister (6-5, 109 IP, 3.80 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 2.9 WAR) who couldn’t pitch around several defensive miscues and ended up down 4 runs after his first three outs. But his teammates picked him up right away, as they haven’t done all season, and threw 6 runs on the Jays in the 2nd thanks in part to a 2 run double by Avila and a 3 run HR by Cabrera. Fister would allow two more on a homerun, but would lock in after that and ended up going 6 innings despite the early problems and finished with 4 K, 1 BB, and of course 1 hit batter. The game stayed knotted at 6 until the Tigers pushed across a run in the 8th inning on a Hunter infield hit, giving way to Smyly and Benoit to shut the door. It was a much needed win for the team and they’ll have a shot to earn a split as early as Wednesday behind standout starter, Max Scherzer (12-0, 110.1 IP, 3.10 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 3.4 WAR) looking to make his final case to start the All-Star Game before Leyland has to make a call.

The Moment: Cabrera goes yard in the 2nd to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead after giving up 4 runs in the 1st.

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