Detroit fans worried about their empty leadoff spot in the lineup with Austin Jackson on the DL with an abdominal strain. They won’t have to worry about that spot anymore.
Quintin Berry, a career minor leaguer, was called up to the Tigers to fill the void left by Jackson, both in the leadoff role, and in centerfield. Nobody expected anything huge from him, nor what would be accomplished in a matter of games. Berry didn’t miss a stride as he made his Major League debut, hitting in six straight games to start his Tigers career.
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Berry was a huge factor in the Tigers sweep over Minnesota, scoring four runs while reaching base eight times. Berry continued his scorching start against the Boston Red Sox in their four game series, including scoring two runs with three hits in the Tigers 7-3 victory to finish the road trip.
This past weekend, Berry got his first taste of baseball in Detroit to the sound of loyal fans cheering him on as he took the field wearing the Old English D. He didn’t disappoint the huge crowd at Comerica Park on Polish American night, even with the challenge of going up against New York Yankee’s ace CC Sabathia, as Berry scored two runs with three hits in a Tigers heartbreaking loss.
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The speedy Berry has cooled off as of late, but continues to be a force at the top of the Tigers’ lineup. He racked up two notable Tigers’ achievements in his sizzling start. These included being the first Detroit Tiger since 1918 to hit safely in his first six games, and being the first player in Tigers’ history to score 11 runs in his first 10 games.
What’s even more amazing in Berry’s blazing start is that this was against two of the elite teams in all of baseball. Berry was hitting extremely well against the Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are known to feature some of the best pitchers around.
With Berry’s emergence, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will have a hard time keeping him out of the lineup with the return of Jackson, especially with Brennan Boesch continuing the struggle at the plate this season. If Berry continues to produce solid numbers at the Major League level, we will continue to see him wearing the Old English D throughout this summer.