It was nice to see the Tigers finally figured out the Cardinals. They got a flurry or runs in the first off of Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro and then some solid pitching from Rick Porecello and the pen. Four different Tigers drove in runs in the first inning and then they got two solo homers in the eighth to give them what they needed for the win. Marcus Thames belted his third and he drove in a pair while Placido Polance went two for five with two runs and his second home run.
Of course the big news was Magglio Ordonez. Jim Leyland said he’d be sitting indefinitely, which probably means he’ll get today off and then be back tomorrow. The Tigers have no solid option to replace Ordonez so I don’t see him being out for too long.
Rick Porcello improved to 8-4 with another solid outing. He gave up three runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Bobby Seay pitched out of the sixth and then shut out the Cards in the seventh before Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney threw back to back shutout innings to close out the game. For Rodney, it was his thirteenth save of the season.
Next up are the Brewers. The Tigers need a good showing because their lead is now down to two. Braden Looper throws for the Brewers and Armando Galarraga goes for the Tigers. Saturday’s game should be interesting because Alfredo Figaro makes his major league debut.