Detroit — Credit the new lineup if you must.
But the truth is, the Tigers simply had some better plate appearances.
That’s why the bats busted out and scored a whopping five runs in the second inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
The big hit was a two-run double by Torii Hunter down the left-field line off veteran Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, whom, because of his White Sox days, the Tigers are overly familiar with.
But that crowd-pleasing swing was set up by some good eyes by the Tigers.
After Victor Martinez led off with an opposite-way single — on a 3-2 count — Jhonny Peralta walked on four pitches, and Alex Avila walked, too.
After an Omar Infante flyout, Austin Jackson — demoted from No. 1 to No. 8 in the order — arrived in a huge spot, and walked, too, on four pitches for the game’s first run. That actually was Jackson's second good plate appearance in a row, after walking to set up a potential rally in the eighth inning of Game 3.
Jose Iglesias followed Jackson by hitting a rope to second base, but Dustin Pedroia bobbled it, costing him any shot at an inning-ending double play with the speedy Iglesias running. In fact, there should’ve been no out recorded on the play, as shortstop Stephen Drew wasn’t even close to the bag when he got the ball. Second-base ump Dan Iassogna, though, let it slide, as umps often do.
Even so, it made it 2-0, Hunter’s double down the line bumped it to 4-0, and then Miguel Cabrera followed with an RBI single to center to finish off the five-spot.
Prince Fielder ended the inning with an easy grounder to second. Through two innings, Fielder had seen two pitches — and made two easy outs.
Tigers started Doug Fister hadn’t allowed a run through three innings on a chilly night at Comerica Park.
The Tigers are trying to even the ALCS at two wins apiece.