The Tigers’ offense pulled off a rare feat against Rockies pitching on Saturday night: they scored in all eight innings, winning 11-5. They scored once in each of the first three innings, twice in the fourth, three times in the fifth, and once each in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
According to STATS, it’s the first time the Tigers have scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game since 1912. It appears that the Blue Jays were the last team to accomplish the feat, victimizing the Yankees on April 29, 2006. That is unofficial to my knowledge, however.
Three Tigers homered: Miguel Cabrera (solo), Victor Martinez (three-run), and J.D. Martinez (solo). Three Tigers had three hits each: Rajai Davis, Ian Kinsler, and Alex Avila.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.