DETROIT (WKZO) – The Detroit Tigers hosted their own homerun derby on Josh Beckett Saturday, pounding the Boston Red Sox in the second of three games at Comerica Park, 10-0.
The Tigers blasted five homeruns in five innings against the Boston ace, including a pair from Miguel Cabrera and a pair from Prince Fielder. Cabrera’s second long ball was originally called a double as it was lodged in the left field fence. After review, the ball did bounce over before getting lodged in the fence, giving Miggy his second homerun of the day. Alex Avila blasted a two-run shot in the fourth frame, driving Delman Young in to give Detroit a 5-0 lead.
Detroit’s pitching was stellar from start to finish, beginning with Doug Fister. Fister recorded 3 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3.2 innings of work. His season debut was cut short by a reported left side strain. Fister missed a week of spring training action with a sore middle finger at the end of March. Duane Below replaced Fister, throwing 2 strikeouts and a hit in 2.1 innings and recorded the win. Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit all logged time on the mound, preserving the shutout.
44,710 fans saw the first two-win start for the Tigers since 1986. That attendance was also the highest second game total in Comerica Park history. Detroit and Boston wrap up the three-game series tomorrow afternoon. Max Scherzer meets Clay Buchholz as the Tigers go for the sweep.
First pitch is set for 1:05 pm on AM 590 WKZO.
Note: Tigers starter Doug Fister left in the fourth inning and after the game was placed on the 15 day disabled list.