A sign that all good things don’t have to come to an end.
Tigers 4, Indians 2
You can’t win them all, but the Tigers just might. They got an excellent outing from Anibal Sanchez (19 GS, 118.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 2.36 FIP , 4.1 WAR) who went 7.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts. The bats weren’t able to back Sanchez’s gem and two key baserunning mistakes, one by Hunter in the first and one by Jackson in the eighth, kept the Tigers from cashing in on their opportunities until they unloaded in the 9th. Fielder doubled, Martinez singled, Dirks walked, and then Alex Avila stepped in and sent Chris Perez to the showers with a homerun to eruption from the Tigers bench and faithful in Cleveland. This win probability graph from FanGraphs tells the entire story:
The win is the Tigers’ 9th in a row, 13th in their last 14, and pushes them to 20 games over .500 and 4 up on the Indians in the Central. They’ll celebrate this one and get ready for Tuesday’s game that features Justin Verlander (23 GS, 143.2 IP, 3.88 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.1 WAR) facing the Indian’s Justin, this one called Masterson.
The Moment: Avila puts the Tigers ahead in the 9th with a 3 run HR.