The Tigers not only beat Carl Pavano for the first time this season but the Tigers cut their magic number down to two in the process. A win tomorrow means the Tigers have their first division championship in 22 years. The 7-2 win was sweet and it was three big hits surrounded by a ton of support. Brandon Inge had a two run double in the second that made it a 2-2 game, Ramon Santiago singled home two later in the second and then Magglio Ordonez doubled home three in the fifth inning and he did it with two outs. This quite possibly was the Tigers most important win since, well, yesterday.
Eddie Bonine got it done again. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Zach Miner then pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings and Brandon Lyon struck out two in the eighth and he pitched out of a jam (and made up for yesterday). Fernando Rodney then pitched a shutout ninth as the Tigers walked away with the 7-2 win.
Tomorrow, it’ll be Scott Baker against Nate Robertson. For the Twins, it’s win or go home. At this point, they have to pretty much win their final four games. For the Tigers, then need just one win (even if it’s against the Sox) out of their next four to clinch at least a share of the division title. I like the way the math is looking.