Another big win.
Tigers 9, Indians 4
On the day the All-Star Rosters were announced, the Tigers played like a team with 6 of them, but were lead by a great player left off the roster, returning starter Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 86.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 2.11 FIP, 3.4 WAR). Sanchez was on a pitch count, but turned in 5 great innings of 3 hit, 1 walk, 1 run, and 4 K baseball before turning it over to the bullpen. He was consistently in the mid 90s with his fastball and looked fully healthy, which is great news for the Tigers. The bats didn’t stay quiet either as the Tigers got 4 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th, and 2 in the 6th thanks to back to back homeruns from Cabrera and Fielder, Torii Hunter coming a single short of the cycle, and two hits from the other All-Star, Jhonny Peralta. The win gets the Tigers 10 games above the .500 mark and have clinched no worse than a split in Cleveland this weekend after registering their 5th straight win. Scherzer and Verlander will watch their non-All-Star teammate, who certainly was deserving, Doug Fister (6-5, 109 IP, 3.80 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 2.9 WAR) take the baseball Sunday as the Tigers go for the series victory.
The Moment: Cabrera and Fielder go back to back.