Now this was a little bit more like it. Big bats and better pitching, lead the Tigers to the first win of the season.
Home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge provided all the offense. Miguel starting it off with 3 run shot in the top of the first. Though it looked like more than that was going to be needed 4 batters into the Blue Jays line-up. Two Doubles, a Single, and a walk brought one run across the plate and the bases loaded with no outs. It was looking like it was going to be a quick day for Zach Miner. But a force out at home, a fly out and a great throw by Josh Anderson and the inning was over. The Blue Jays never got any closer than that.
While Zach Miner, rocky start may have had something in common with the man he replaced in the rotation, Jeremy Bonderman. He had something going for him that that Bonderman has been working on for years, an effective change-up. Using that offspeed pitch, Miner kept the Blue Jays at bay. And this time the bullpen was perfect. Bobby Seay, Ryan Perry, and Fernando Rodney, sat down all ten batters they faced in order. Best of all Rodney's final 3 out took only 7 pitches, all strikes.
Ryan Perry did great in his first big league appearance, tomorrow is Rick Porcello's turn to try to even the series, and to head into opening day at 2-2.
Tigers 5 Blue Jays 1
W: Miner (1-0)
L: Litsch (0-1)