Monday, April 4, 2011

Tigers beat Yankees by a Field Goal, to claim first victory of 2011.



In a game that featured 7 home runs by both teams, pitching was obviously not at a premium in game 3 of the Tigers 2011 season. The bottom line however was that the Tigers avoided the sweep at the hands of the Yankees by picking up a 10-7 victory on Sunday afternoon. Max Scherzer notched his first victory of the year, with Closer Jose Valverde recording his first save of the season as well.

The Highlights of the slugfest:

Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera hit his 2nd homerun of the game, only to be matched by the Yankees Jorge Posada who also hit 2 home runs in the contest. Not to be out done was Tigers DH Brennan Boesch, who became the first Tiger since Dmitri Young to have at least 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBI’s in a game. Young’s feat came on April 4, 2005. Of the 26 hits recorded in the game, 12 of them went for extra bases. Cabrera’s multi home run game was the 19th of his career, and in a bit of irony, his last multi-home run game also came at Yankee Stadium.

Meanwhile the Tigers picked up their first victory of the young season, as the got just their 2nd win in “new” Yankee stadium, as Detroit was 1-6 in their previous 7 games in the Bronx Bombers new stadium. And the victory was all that mattered to the Tigers, said Scherzer after the game, “I got the win, even though it wasn’t the best outing”, and when Cabrera was asked how good it felt to hit his first (and 2nd) home runs of the season, Cabrera answered, “it just feels good to get the win”.

The Tigers pitching staff doesn’t necessarily catch a break as Detroit now heads to the cozy confines of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, as the Tigers staff ERA stands at 7.92. The Orioles enter the series with a 3-0 record, for the first time since 1997.

In the Series opener against the Orioles, Rick Porcello makes his first start of the season, after going 0-2, with a 3.90 ERA during spring training. Taking the mound for the Orioles will be Jake Arrieta. Porcello has a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA against the Orioles in his Career.

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