WOW! Offense explodes, Tigers roll 17-3

In 2003, the Tigers approaching 11 runs in a game was a pipedream practically. On Friday night, the Tigers saw 11 guys cross the plate - in one inning. The Tigers offense exploded, dominating whomever the Indians put on the mound while limiting the Indian offense to only 3 runs. The Tigers were led by new offensive force Brandon Inge as well as on-again off-again Third Baseman Eric Munson.

Often in 2003, the Tigers would waste solid pitching performances with minimal run support. Offensive explosions were so rare that the Tigers only eclipsed 11 runs once the entire season. Friday night, the Tigers scored 11 runs in a single inning en route to setting a new Comerica Park record for runs scored by one team in a game with 17.

Pitching-wise, the Indians couldn't slow down the Tigers, regardless of who was on the mound. Only Scott Stewart went without an earned run, and he only pitched 1/3 inning. Meanwhile, Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman wasn't spectacular (5 IP, 3 ER), but pitched well enough to earn the win before giving way to RHP Esteban Yan, who pitched the final 4 innings without giving up a run to record his first save of the season.

Offensively, the Tigers had many notable performances. However, possibly the best performances came from the bottom of the order via 3B Eric Munson and CF Brandon Inge (who was a late entry into the lineup after Alex Sanchez fell ill and had to be scratched). Munson went 2-for-4 while driving in 4 runs and blasting his 3rd home run of the season. Inge went 3-for-4 with a grand slam (his 2nd homer of the season), while falling a double short of a cycle. C Ivan Rodriguez also had a 3-run double for the Tigers.

Number of the night? Try 5. That's the number of players the Tigers have among the top 20 in RBI leaders in the American League (the 5 being Rondell White, Rodriguez, Carlos Guillen, Bobby Higginson and Munson). Care to take a guess at how many players the Tigers had among the top 20 in 2003? Well, surprise surprise, the answer is none (Dmitri Young was the highest rated Tiger, tied for 30th).

And meanwhile, Inge is quickly becoming a legitimate offensive player - as opposed to a defense-first player who had yet to consistently hit big league pitching. Inge is now leading the Tigers in batting average and OPS. Those stats were expected of the Tigers new Catcher, not their old one.

The Tigers will try to duplicate the offensive outbreak Saturday afternoon at 1:05pm. Cliff Lee takes the mound against LHP Nate Robertson.


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