Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/27/13
Thanks he needed that. Who needed what? Ramon Santiago needed that hit those defensive plays that good overall game — all of it. With the help of Alex Avila’s two-run double in the fifth and the double by Santiago that set up the run Doug Fister pitched the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies Friday night at Comerica Park. Improving his record in three second-halves as a Tiger to 18-5 Fister allowed an unearned run but nothing else as he made it three strong wins in a row after allowing six runs in two consecutive games. “He was terrific” manager Jim Leyland said of Fister (9-5). “Good movement good curve kept them off balance.” Former Tiger Delmon Young was one of the Phillies who came up empty. He went 0-for-3 against Fister before striking out in the ninth against Joaquin Benoit with the tying run on second. Benoit ended the game on a grounder to second for his 10th save in 10 opportunities. “But we can’t get greedy with him” Leyland said. “We can’t use him in games we shouldn’t have to.” Said Fister of Benoit: “We have the utmost confidence in him.” Leyland has the utmost confidence in both. Going into the All-Star break Leyland said he expected Fister to come back strong because of what he’s done after the break the last two years. He couldn’t be more correct so far. Fister as a strong second-half pitcher is well-documented and has been written about. It’s also been talked about. If it hasn’t been it should have been after he beat Kansas City in his first start back from the break. Fister looked poised in that game to have the strong second half. This one doubled the strength of that impression Santiago doesn’t get much attention though even less than he used to — in part because he doesn’t play much but also because he’s struggled. His.161 batting average has been an eyesore.
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