Phil Coke came in and retired all three batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. Then Joaquin Benoit got Eric Chavez on a long fly out before Nick Swisher doubled to right field. Curtis Granderson then promptly grounded out on the first pitch. It’s not a save situation, but I’m 99.9% sure we’re going … Continue Reading →
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Joaquin Benoit came in and gave up a two-out single to Stephen Drew and walked Yoenis Cespedes. He struck out Brandon Moss to get out of the jam. With just one inning left, it’s all going to come down to Jose Valverde in the ninth.
The Royals won’t go away. But the Tigers are one inning away from clinching back-to-back American League Central Division championships. Joaquin Benoit labored through the eighth inning, giving up a run on a two-out single to Jeff Francoeur, who was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double. Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-5 on … Continue Reading →
Justin Verlander did his job, and then the Tigers bullpen almost gave it away. Verlander pitched seven-plus innings, striking out eight, walking two and giving up just four hits. It was a tough eighth inning for Tigers pitching, as Verlander was taken out of the game and Joaquin Benoit allowed a grand slam to Ryan … Continue Reading →
The Tigers were carried most of the day by Justin Verlander, who pitched seven-plus innings while only giving up four hits. He struck out eight and walked just two on 117 pitches. Verlander went back out for the eighth inning, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland pulled him after a Jhonny Peralta error allowed the first … Continue Reading →