Not quite long enough.
Twins 7, Tigers 6
Justin Verlander (27 GS, 173.2 IP, 3.68 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 3.7 WAR) was better than the stat line, really only making one very costly mistake to Doumit. He went 7 and allowed 6, but 3 came on one swing with two outs. He wasn’t vintage Verlander, but had some strong stretches and if he hadn’t hung one to Doumit would have been looking at a 7 IP, 3 ER start. Bryan Holaday got the Tigers scoring going with a solo shot, but the key offensive attack came in the 6th when Infante reached on an infield hit, Iglesias doubled, Holaday beat out an infield hit, and then Jackson sent one to the seats to tie it. Unfortunately, the Tigers gave one back in the 8th on a fly ball that really spun away from Jackson allowing a runner to score. The Tigers put two on in the 9th, but Martinez bounced into the game ending double play. The Tigers will hop a plane to the Big Apple and the pitchers will get ready to swing the bat against the Mets. Doug Fister (25 GS, 161.1 IP, 3.63 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 3.5 WAR) will take the ball for game one.
The Moment: Bryan Holaday slugs his first big league homerun, gets the silent treatment.