Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Miguel Cabrera had four hits and reached base five times, and Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each had three hits as the Tigers have won the first two games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees with a 8-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Detroit chased Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes from the game after batting around in the fifth inning resulting in four runs. The Tigers opened the inning with a leadoff single to Austin Jackson, followed by a double from Torii Hunter, which scored Jackson and put the Tigers up 2-1. Miguel Cabrera then scored Hunter with an RBI single before Hughes gave way to Boone Logan. Cabrera would later score on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez for the fourth and final run credited to Hughes. Jhonny Peralta knocked in the Tigers fifth run of the game off David Phelps, who replaced Logan, for his first RBI of the season.
Max Scherzer started for the Tigers and allowed two runs while lasting into the sixth for his first victory of 2013. Scherzer was removed in the sixth inning with a 5-2 lead, after he allowed the first three batters of the inning to reach base. Al Alburquerque came on in relief and allowed two more runs before getting out of the inning with the Tigers’ ahead 5-4.
Scherzer fanned seven Yankees, walked two and gave up five hits including a solo home run to Vernon Wells in the second inning which tied the game at one.
In the sixth inning, Prince Fielder’s RBI fielder’s choice scored the Tigers sixth run, and Andy Dirks first hit of the season also scored the Tigers’ seventh run. Dirks got his second RBI in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, scoring Cabrera for the Tigers eighth and final run.
*Austin Jackson reached base on Yanks SS Lance Nix error in the first inning. Jackson later scored on a sacrifice fly from Prince Fielder to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
*Former Tiger Brennan Boesch tripled off Scherzer in the second, after the usual sure gloved Hunter misfielded the fly ball. However, Hunter threw out Boesch as he attempted to score on a sacrifice fly during the next at bat.
*Prince Fielder recorded an unassisted double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, when Boesch hit a line shot right at Fielder, who tagged first before Vernon Wells could return to the base. Wells was initially called safe but after a discussion between the umpires the correct call was made and Wells was ruled out.
*Darrin Downs pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning. He struck out two and walked one.
*Joaquin Benoit pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
*After recording the first two outs to start the game, Scherzer hit Kevin Youkilis on the right elbow. Travis Hafner struck out the next at bat. Youkilis doubled with two outs in the third as well with two out. Hafner followed with another strike out to end the inning.
*Andy Dirk struck out with runners on first and second with two outs in the first.
*Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez got back to back outs in the third inning with runners on second and third. Fielder popped out and Brent Gardner made a sliding catch to rob Martinez of a hit.
*In the seventh inning, Alex Avila was doubled off first after a hit and run back fired on the Tigers. Ramon Santiago flied out to right field as Avila was already headed to third.
Game Notes: This was the 26th time Cabrera recorded four hits in a game. Prior to the game, Cabrera was honored before with the Silver Slugger Award…Ramon Santiago made his first start of the season at second base and hit ninth. He went 0-4…OF Matt Tuiasosopo and C Bryan Pena will get their first starts of the season on Sunday. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers as look for the sweep over New York. CC Sabathia starts for the Yanks. First pitch is set for 1:08 on 590 WKZO.