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Cameron Maybin, Ivan Rodriguez Lead Offense in Blow Out Over Astros

Cameron Maybin hit one of the Tiger’s four homeruns today and he was a perfect two for two with two RBIs and a run.  Ivan Rodriguez also had a big day once again hitting from the lead off spot.  He went three for three with a dinger, two RBIs and two runs.  Omar Infante and Brent Clevlen also went yard for the Tigers in the 13-8 win.  The Tigers scored some runs against some big names too.  They scored three against Roy Oswalt and four against Brad Lidge.

The pitching was kind of mixed.  Jeremy Bonderman gave up a run but struck out three in his two innings and Wil Ledezma also sounded sharp in two shutout innings.  Jordan Tata walked three and gave up two runs in 2/3’s of inning while Byrdak got knocked around for three runs in one inning. 

This is just one of those things I noticed in the box scored but the Astros put six balls in play against Ledezma (no strikeouts).  Five of the six of those were flyouts and only one was a ground out.  In 2006, his ground ball percentage was only 33.5% (so about two fly ball outs to every ground ball out).  Somehow he managed to keep his homeruns down but it’ll be interesting to see if whether they stay down if that fly ball trend continues.

Another good game though, and the Tigers are now 3-0.  I know it doesn’t mean much until late spring but I guess you’d always rather win then lose.

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