This is getting fun. Down 8-3, the Tigers rallied for six runs in the final frames to finish up a sweep over the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers finished with nine runs off of 18 hits and there were plenty of hitting stars. How the Tigers got it done in the ninth was particularly interesting though because Miguel Carbera scored the tying run off of a Johnny Damon walk and then Carlos Guillen scored on a wild pitch to win it. Scott Sizemore and Miguel Cabrera had three hits each. Carbera, Carlos Guillen and Ramon Santiago all scored two runs and Magglio Ordonez drove in a pair. 16 of the Tigers 18 hits were singles and they also picked up nine walks in a game where they stranded 18 runners.
Off course this all made up for a second rough start by Justin Verlander. He gave up six runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings. I was worried about all of the innings Verlander threw last season and how it would affect him. He had plenty of heat early but by the fifth inning, he was in the low 90s. The encouraging thing was that while he got shelled in the first inning, he pitched four scoreless frames before he gave up another run in the sixth inning so the Tigers got some innings out of him.
Eddie Bonine gave a pair of runs in three innings of relief. Phil Coke pitched a scoreless ninth and he picked up his first Tiger win.
Next up are the Royals, again. Max Scherzer gets the start in a rematch against Luke Hockevar. The good news is that we won’t see Zach Greinke again. Gametime is 1:05.