CHICAGO -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't shy away from admitting he has more than one streaky hitter on his team. The trick with such a lineup is to get those streaky hitters going at the same time.After an 11-8 win against the White Sox on Tuesday -- the second
CHICAGO -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't shy away from admitting he has more than one streaky hitter on his team. The trick with such a lineup is to get those streaky hitters going at the same time.
After an 11-8 win against the White Sox on Tuesday -- the second consecutive night filled with offense -- it appears the Tigers are headed that way.
"Second night in a row we've put up a bunch of runs," Ausmus said. "We had some good at-bats, some balls driven deep ... and they kept adding on, which is important."
On Monday, the Tigers jumped out to a seven-run lead, but they relinquished it on the way to a 10-9 loss in extra innings. Detroit faced a similar circumstance Tuesday, watching its lead go from 10-2 to 10-6 in the middle innings. This time, though, the Tigers' bullpen held on and the offense added on to finish the job.
"Shoot, we were trying to add on last night, we just weren't successful," said outfielder Justin Upton. "Tonight, we kept chipping away and getting a run here or there, and we stretched it out far enough."
On the list of Tigers' hitters heating up, outfielder J.D. Martinez is Exhibit A. Martinez went 3-for-3 with three doubles and two walks and has multiple hits in sixth straight games, the longest such streak of his career. Martinez is 14-for-23 in this stretch.
"He's so strong, he just has to put the barrel on the ball," Upton said. "He's figured that out. He's figured out once he puts the barrel on the ball it's going to do damage."
Shortstop Jose Iglesias is holding his own as well, extending his hit streak to 12 games, the longest active stretch in baseball.
The Tigers also got the usual contribution from Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, good for his 18th multihit game of the year.
In case that wasn't enough, Upton added four RBIs, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
Even Ian Kinsler battled from an 0-for-5 start to the night to triple in the ninth inning and give the Tigers an insurance run. Kinsler entered Tuesday with home runs in each of the previous three games.
"We've swung the bats well as of lately," Upton said. "I think that's what started it, having good at-bats. We're not successful every at-bat, but we're keeping pressure on pitchers and getting big hits."
One day after the deflating loss, the Tigers now have reason to celebrate their offensive feats.
"It was eerily similar," Ausmus said. "Thankfully a different result."
Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.