–SS Jhonny Peralta drove in Detroit’s only run with a sharp ground single to left with two outs in the fourth inning. Peralta doubled leading off the seventh, also to left. He’s still hitting the ball where it’s pitched, which is why his batting average remains above .300.
–LHP Charlie Furbush made a promising first start for the Tigers, allowing three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was on a pitch count, although his 65 thrown were under his limit when he was relieved after giving up an RBI single in the fifth. Furbush was running his fastball up to 92 mph, throwing a nice curve and mixing in some changeups that he rarely threw during his 12 relief appearances for the Tigers. The first run he allowed came on a 2-0 fastball that RF Torii Hunter mashed for a home run, and the second scored on a balk with a runner on third, his spike catching in the dirt and causing him to hold the ball instead of throwing it.
–1B Miguel Cabrera is swinging a good bat, and it took two good catches by Angels CF Peter Bourjos to keep him hitless. Cabrera hit a shallow sinking fly ball with a man on second in the fourth that Bourjos caught, and a deep drive to the center field wall that that Bourjos leaped to grab.
–RHP Lester Oliveros allowed his first run in the majors in his third appearance. Oliveros has a mid-90s fastball and a decent slider but is a little inconsistent right now. He allowed his run in the sixth on a two-out single following a one-out double. “He got the ball up,” manager Jim Leyland said. “It looks like he throws the ball up quite a bit. He’s going to have to do that by design after throwing the ball down some, changing the eye plane.”
–LHP Phil Coke made his first relief appearance since losing his spot in the rotation. It didn’t go perfectly, as he gave up a long home run to left to Angels LF Vernon Wells in the eighth inning. He struck out the side but also gave up a single before the third out. Coke went 12 straight starts without a win, prompting Detroit to move LHP Charlie Furbush out of the bullpen into the rotation. “He’s settled back in the bullpen. He’ll be fine,” manager Jim Leyland said.
–LF Brennan Boesch extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the sixth inning. Boesch has not been driving in an abundance of runs, but he has been scoring while hitting in front of 1B Miguel Cabrera and DH/C Victor Martinez.
BY THE NUMBERS
5-to-1 — Strikeout-to-walk ratio of rookie LHP Charlie Furbush in his first major league start. Furbush’s ratio was better than 4-to-1 in the minors.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“He has the assortment of pitches to be a starter, which is a leg up. He’s left-handed, which is a leg up. He’s done it, which is a leg up.” — Manager Jim Leyland, talking about rookie LHP Charlie Furbush becoming a starter. Furbush allowed five hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday in his first major league start.
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