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Game Of The Week: Tigers Homer Their Way to 6-2 Win Over Braves

LHP Daniel Norris pitched a gem in the series' opener on Friday night at Turner Field. (Photo:Gabe Rodriguez)

LHP Daniel Norris pitched a gem in the series’ opener on Friday night at Turner Field. (Photo:Gabe Rodriguez)

Friday night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves was the beginning of the end in a way. This weekend will be the last series hosted by the Braves at the iconic Turner Field which has been the organization’s home for the last twenty seasons.

Although these are the last few games for the Braves this season, this series holds serious playoffs repercussions for the Tigers. Their series’ finale was rained out on Thursday afternoon and if necessary, will be played on Monday afternoon. Detroit is now just one and a half games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles who are tied for the two American League Wild Card spots.

LHP Daniel Norris took the start for the Tigers after his originally scheduled start on Thursday was postponed.

For the Braves’ it was RHP Matt Wisler who was looking to end his 2016 season on a hight note, the Tigers however, had other plans for him.

Detroit got off to a hot start in the top of the first, when Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera each homered off of Wisler. Kinsler was first with a leadoff solo homerun. Cameron Maybin then hit  a single to right and would then score after Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homerun to center to give the Tigers the early 3-0 lead.

In the top of the third, Cabrera hit another homerun, this time a solo shot for the four run lead.

In the top of the fifth, James McCann singled in a run and collected a RBI and Justin Upton continued his solid night in the top of the 7th with a solo homerun.

Wisler was chased by the Tigers after just four and two-third innings where he allowed five runs off of nine hits; walking two and striking out just three.

Norris was solid in his six and two-third innings of work, allowing just five hits and two walks; striking out an impressive eight batters. The lone run he allowed was on his 113th pitch which was a pinch-hit homer by Brandon Snyder. Norris was then relieved by Kyle Ryan who finished out the seventh.

The Braves were able to tack on another run in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homerun by Matt Kemp off of Tigers’ reliever Bruce Rondon.

Justin Upton would finish the night just a triple shy of the cycle.

Norris earned the win and advances to 4-2 on the season as Wisler falls to 7-13.

With a win by the Baltimore Orioles over the New York Yankees 8-1 and a loss by the Toronto Blue Jays by the Boston Red Sox, the Tigers are now just a half game behind the Jays for the second Wild Card, Toronto is now a game behind the Orioles who hold the first Wild Card spot.

Top Performers:

Detroit Tigers

Ian Kinsler: 2 for 5; HR; RBI

Miguel Cabrera: 3 for 5; 2 HR; 3 RBIs

Justin Upton: 3 for 4; 2B; HR; RBI

Atlanta Braves 

Matt Kemp: 1 for 4; HR; RBI

Dansby Swanson: 1 for 3

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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