By James Nahikian
Quintin Berry called Thursday afternoon’s walk-off single the “Biggest” hit in his short big league stint so far. With the bases loaded, Berry hit a ball up the middle with a drawn in infield and propelled the Tigers to a 2-1 10th inning win against the St. Louis Cardinals at a very toasty Comerica Park, marking the team’s fourth straight series victory.
Detroit’s top prospect, Jacob Turner, made his first start of the 2012 season. The 21 year old righty went 5 innings, allowing just one run and was stuck with a no decision. Prince Fielder unloaded on an off speed pitch in the 4th inning and drove a ball 425 feet to right field, it was the Prince’s 11th home run on the year, and his 10th solo shot. The bullpen was great, as Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, Brayan Villarreal and Joaquin Benoit combined to throw five scoreless innings. It was a collective team effort and the Tigers chipped away in the 10th inning before Berry’s clutch knock.
The Tigers are now just one game under the five hundred mark and only 2.5 games out of first place in the Central Division. The team now hits the road and will face tough opponents in Pittsburgh, Texas and Tampa Bay before returning home to wrap up the first half of the season against Minnesota and Kansas City. The next few weeks will be a very good test for the surging Tigers. I expect the team to be a first place club come the All-Star break.
It is hard to tell how the team will react to finally being on a good streak, but one thing is for certain, the Tigers are officially hot.
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