The Detroit Tigers did it. They proved that they can win against a bad team like the Chicago White Sox.
This was not an easy sweep for fans. The Detroit Tigers did it in dramatic fashion by staying relatively quiet until the later innings.
But, when the Tigers got busy, they really got busy. And talk about entertaining.
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Breaking Down the Games
The first game on Monday night had the earliest run. In the 3rd inning, Miguel Cabrera hit a sac fly to score Erick Aybar. But, the White Sox took over and were in the lead until the 6th, until Justin Upton hit a home run. Unfortunately, the Sox recovered the lead in the 7th. But, the Tigers weren’t having any of it. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Mr. Clutch) hit a two-run homer to win the game.
In the second game on Tuesday night, the Tigers scored runs like mad, but not until the 5th inning. Then, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Even more Tigers crossed home plate in the 6th. Four of them: J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, JaCoby Jones, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (again). Then, two more come home in the 7th: J.D. and J-Up.
In the third game, fans had to wait until the 5th inning, again. The three players who crossed home plate in the Wednesday afternoon game were JaCoby Jones, Ian Kinsler, and…..JaCoby Jones.
After a pathetic pair of losses to the Los Angeles Angels, the Tigers proved that they do their job and do it well. Baseball is a strange game that has so many factors. The game isn’t over until it’s over, so runs can get scored in any inning, by any player.
We fans also got to see what youth can do for a team. Obviously, JaCoby Jones played a factor in the wins. Interestingly, he and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were the catalysts. Between the two of them, they scored 6 of the Tigers’ 15 runs against the ChiSox. Keep in mind that these two guys are a backup catcher and a Triple-A shortstop/centerfielder/third baseman/amazing athlete (as if you could forget)
There are some notable players who did not cross home plate against the White Sox. Strangely, these are gentlemen who usually do score runs against the South Side rivals. Victor Martinez, who is traditionally a hot hitter when a White Sox pitcher is on the mound did not score any runs. Jose Iglesias and James McCann were quiet on offense in this series.