These last two series kind of show why everyone thinks the Tigers are such a good team. They have a top notch offense that can put 10 runs on the board in a hurry but then they also have the arms to shut down a team. Andrew Miller was the latest to do a number on the Braves as the Tigers finished a three game sweep as interleague play wrapped up. The lone run that the Braves scored came on a solo homerun by Chipper Jones in game two off of Justin Verlander (who also struck out eleven).
Last night, in front of another national audience, Andrew Miller shut down the Braves for six innings before handing the ball to Chad Durbin, who, in his first relief appearance of the season, threw three shutout innings to complete the combined effort shutout. It also earned Durbin his first career save.
The Tigers scored most of their runs in a bunch when they put up four in the sixth inning. Prior to that, Braves starter Chuck James had done a nice job of shutting down the Tigers but the inning started on a nice bunt single by Omar Infante. The last batter that James faced was Carlos Guillen, who he ended up walking with the bases loaded. Then Ivan Rodriguez capped of the inning with a two run single.
Sheffield went two for five and he’s now just five point shy of .300 with a .295 batting average. Magglio Ordonez went two for five and he’s back up above .380.
Next up is four games at home against the Rangers. Jeremy Bonderman gets the start and he’ll face off against Kameron Loe. The Tigers dismantled Loe in his start in Arlington earlier this month so hopefully the Tigers can do that again and make it eight straight wins. The Indians lost again, so the Tigers now have a two game lead over them with the Twins hanging back with a 6 1/2 game deficit.