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.