Saturday, April 7, 2012
Tigers Hit 5 Homers, Roll Over Beckett & Red Sox
The Texas Toughguy gave up a career-high (he did it in 2009 vs. the Yankees too) five home runs this afternoon as the Detroit Tigers (2-0) stomped on the Boston Red Sox (0-2) 10-0 at Comerica Park.
Detroit starting pitcher Doug Fister left after 3.2 innings (and later went on the DL with an injury) but it didn't matter since the Tigers pounded Red Sox pitching for 12 hits, including seven against Beckett (0-1) in only 4.2 innings. Duane Below (1-0) went 2.1 innings after Fister to earn the win.
Miguel Cabrera (3 RBIs) and Prince Fielder (2 RBIs) both had two homers while Alex Avila added a two-run bomb of his own.
Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Sweeney both had two hits for the Red Sox but Boston only had one extra-base hit (a double by Jarrod Saltlamacchia). In two games, the Red Sox have scored just two runs and those were each in the ninth inning on Thursday.
Cabrera hit a two-run shot in the first inning before Fox had even made excuses for Beckett by talking about his phantom thumb injury. In the fourth, Fielder hit a solo homer then Avila crushed a two-run blast. In the fifth, the AL's most dynamic power duo went back-to-back as Cabrera and Fielder hit solo homers in a matter of a few pitches, turning it into a complete joke of a game.
Boston will try to leave the Motor City with some semblance of dignity as Clay Buchholz takes on Max Scherzer tomorrow afternoon in an Easter matinee. The Red Sox desperately need a win but be aware that the first 15 games are pretty much guaranteed to be ugly: at Tigers, at Blue Jays, Rays, Rangers, Yankees. Yikes.