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Carlos Guillen Hits for Cycle, Sean Casey Homers in Blowout Win Over Devil Rays

What a night for Carlos Guillen.  He tripled in his first at bat, homered in his second and then lined out in the fourth for his third at bat.  In the sixth, Guillen singled and then in the eighth he doubled to finish up the cycle.  The last time a Tiger hit for the cycle was in 2001 when Damion Easly did it.  I was at that game.

Sean Casey had a nice game in his debut for the Tigers.  Two for five with a homerun, two runs and two RBIs.  He also made a nice scoop to finish up a great play by Brandon Inge in what I think was the fourth inning (maybe the third, I was putting my son to bed and caught it as I was leaving the room).  Rookie Bret Clevlen had a career day.  Three for five with two homeruns (his first two of his career), two RBIs and three runs.  He almost got his third outfield assist in this one as well.

Justin Verlander was only okay, but the bullpen picked him up and he won his fourteenth game.  Once again, I question why Joel Zumaya was used in a blowout.  I would have thought maybe Walker would come in first, and then once the game was in hand, Jason Grilli would finish it up.

According to Will Carroll, Mike Maroth should start his rehab assignment next week.  It’s encouraging to know that help is on the way.

A new Tigers theory: Someone in the organization has made a deal with the devil? How else do you explain Casey smacking his first homer in 2 months the day he puts on a Tigers uniform? Clevlen going 5-8 with 2 homers in 2 games after hitting .224 with 128 K’s in AA. So to whoever is losing their soul…..thanks!

Posted by Ryan on August 2nd, 2006 at 10:44 am

Agreed. That’s what it must be. I have been railing against the Casey trade for two days, but it looks like I’m wrong so far. Gloriously wrong!

Posted by Dan on August 2nd, 2006 at 4:09 pm

It may have been the first true cycle since Easly did it in 2001, but does anyone else remember when DY stretched a double into a second triple a couple years ago, costing him the cycle?

Posted by Josh on August 2nd, 2006 at 4:13 pm


That was in his breakout year. He tripled home the go ahead run and got stranded at first place.

It was also in the middle of the Tigers only four game winning streak that year.

Posted by Brian on August 2nd, 2006 at 4:48 pm

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