It’s too late to impact this season but the Tigers taking two of three from the White Sox in Chicago — no matter the circumstances — always feels great.
Particularly enjoyable, of course, was how the Tigers won, beating J.J. Putz in the ninth on Saturday and eighth on Sunday. The only thing that could have made that better was if Bobby Jenks were the one taking the abuse.
Coming back late in consecutive games is a rare feat for the Tigers. According to Elias Sports Bureau:
The Tigers rallied from a 7-6 eighth-inning deficit to defeat J.J. Putz and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, one day after they posted a 3-2 victory by scoring two runs off Putz in the ninth inning. It was the first time that the Tigers won back-to-back games, both on the road, after trailing in the eighth inning or later since April 28-29, 1975, when they won consecutive games in that fashion at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, beating Mike Cuellar and Ross Grimsley.
Here are a couple of other items leftover from the weekend:
- It doesn’t matter which starter the White Sox throw at the Tigers, they all seem to excel. Friday night’s starter, Mark Buehrle, is no exception. In game one, he did what he always seems to do against Detroit: win. Here’s his lifetime record against the Tigers in his 29 starts: 16-8, 3.01 ERA. And, his 1.132 WHIP versus Detroit is his best against any Central Division foe. And that’s just about how it feels, too.
- How about that Ryan Raburn? Over the past week he’s hitting .400 and he enters tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium hitting .368 (14 for 38) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games dating back to August 5. He’s tied for the A.L. lead with four home runs during that stretch, while he is third with a .737 slugging percentage, tied for third with nine RBI and is eighth with a .368 batting average.