Detroit 2, Minnesota 1

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 70°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Wally Bell,
Attendance - 32554

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 86-73 50-31 36-42 W2
Minnesota 66-93 31-50 35-43 L2

Recap

Tigers 2, Twins 1: Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning and Detroit moved closer to the American League Central title by defeating host Minnesota.

Austin Jackson singled off Jared Burton (3-2) to start the eighth and Fielder smashed his 30th homer of the season over the left-center field wall with two outs to give the Tigers a three-game lead over the Chicago White Sox. Chicago fell to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Jose Valverde worked a flawless ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities. Phil Coke (2-3) recorded two outs in the seventh for the victory.

Minnesota starter Liam Hendriks pitched seven strong innings before exiting. He gave up five hits and two walks.

The Twins broke a scoreless tie in the seventh on a run-scoring single to right field by Pedro Florimon. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez allowed one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Minnesota’s Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 for his third three-hit game over his last eight outings. … Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was hitless in three at-bats to drop his average to .325. Cabrera is vying to become the first American League Triple Crown winner since 1967. … Twins 1B Justin Morneau went 0-for-4 and left six runners on base.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Minnesota
Anibal Sanchez Player Liam Hendriks
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.1 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 5
1.42 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Detroit   Minnesota
Andy Dirks Player Joe Mauer
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
.667 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 7 1 12 .219 14 6 2 2 0 0
Minnesota 10 0 10 .278 20 4 1 2 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Twins have a W/L % of .409 after a win and .419 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .518 after a win and .568 after a loss.