In a do-or-die matchup at the Coliseum in Oakland, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a significant lineup change, benching rookie Jose Iglesias in favor of Jhonny Peralta, who recently returned from a 50-game PED suspension.
Peralta has proven to be a major asset for a struggling Tigers’ offense, going three-for-eight (.375) in the Division Series matchup against Oakland with a key home run and 5 RBIs.
Iglesias, who was acquired as part of a multi-team trade earlier this season involving the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, has struggled offensively, hitting just .083 in the series with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Tigers won a must-win Game 4 in Detroit on Tuesday night to force tonight’s deciding contest. The continued offensive woes of injury-plagued third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been a major issue for the club, and until last night, any major offensive support of pitchers had been practically nonexistent.