For Brandon Inge, the fourth time was the charm. He struck out in his first three at bats yesterday then came up with two outs in the top of the tenth with the bases loaded and drove them all home with a grand slam. Up until that point, the Tigers had been shut down to the tune of one run on four hits by Wade Davis and then Lance Cormier. The first run came on a solo shot by Aubrey Huff, his 14th of the season. For Inge, it was his 27th and that ties his 2006 career high.
I was in the car listening in when Inge hit his slam and I just got a chance to see the video highlight. I wonder if Brandon has a headache this morning from all of those helmet taps.
Edwin Jackson threw eight innings and he improved to 12-6. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in eight innings. Brandon Lyon got ninth inning duties yesterday and he picked up his third save of the season.
The Twins and White Sox lost so the Tigers now have a seven game and a magic number low enough to have on their standings. Even better, they roll into Kansas City to take on the last place Royals for a three game set beginning tomorrow. The Twins and White Sox both play this afternoon.