Well, the Tigers wasted another leadoff single.
But at least Jhonny Peralta wasn’t wiped out on a double play after leading off the third with a liner to center field, like Austin Jackson was in the first and Prince Fielder was in the second.
The Tigers had the makings of a scoring inning.
Following Peralta, Alex Avila torched a liner to right field — but it was caught, giving us our first “OHHHHHH …. AWWWWW” from the Comerica Park crowd in 2012. It was a good swing by Avila, though, against tough left-hander Jon Lester.
Ramon Santiago followed and worked the count to 3-1 by taking a couple of really close pitches. It was a fine at-bat, until he popped up weakly to shallow left field.
Austin Jackson then ended the inning by lining sharpy to center. It still was a solid at-bat for Jackson, who worked the count back from 1-2 to 3-2 before making the out. It’s early, but the Tigers have to pleased with what they see.
So, through 10 hitters, the Tigers have three hits and one strikeout. Lots of solid swings, though.
Due up for the Red Sox in the top of fourth: Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ortiz.