A homestand can’t go any better than the Tigers’ latest homestand in which the Tigers finished up 8-0. That was all made possible because of a Torii Hunter walk off single to give Detroit a 3-2 victory in twelve innings over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers have now won eight straight and 12 out of their last 13.
It was a series with very little offense and that didn’t change on Sunday. Chicago took a 1-0 lead on an Adam Dunn home run in the fourth inning. It took a while for the Tigers to figure out rookie starter Andre Rienzo. They finally broke through in the seventh inning. Back to back walks started the inning before Alex Avila hit a double to score Victor Martinez. Then with one out Ramon Santiago hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jhonny Peralta and give the Tigers the lead.
In the ninth inning, still holding a 2-1 lead and with closer Joaquin Benoit unavailable, Drew Smyly was called on to close out the game. The first man he faced was Paul Konerko who promptly deposited a ball into the visitors bull pen to tie the game.
That was the way the game would remain until the 12th inning. Miguel Cabrera once again did not start but did have an impact. He led off the inning with a base hit and was immediately removed for pinch runner, Matt Tuiasosopo. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jackson. That set up Torii Hunter to come to the plate and win the game. On a 2-0 pitch from Dylan Axelrod, Hunter singled into left field to score Tuiasosopo easily.
Detroit now hits the road for a long ten game road trip. They start the road trip with a big four game series against Cleveland. They hold a three game lead over Cleveland going into the series and are 8-2 against the Indians this season. Anibal Sanchez will start the opener against Corey Kluber.