I was up north for a few days this week and the cabin I stayed in didn’t even come with a television and the newspapers didn’t even have the Tiger score from the night before (everything is a day behind in the paper up there) so it was kind of weird being so out of touch. It was a good time thought and my son really enjoyed the time in the water but I got back in time to see some of the Tigers game last night but I was unpacking and getting squared away but I was happy to see the 6-1 lead. Then I turned the game on in the eighth only to see it tied and was annoyed but I was fortunate enough to see the Tigers score three to take the lead back.
Nate Robertson threw six solid frames to open up the game but then he gave up a run in the seventh before the floodgates opened in the eighth. Jason Grilli was particularly hit hard. He gave up four hits, including a grand slam by Jonny Gomes, and he was credited with three earned runs without getting a single batter out. Todd Jones put a runner on in the ninth but he picked up save number thirty and Tim Byrdak got the final out in the eighth and he picked up his first save of the season.
Curtis Granderson went two for four with is thirtieth double, an RBI and two runs. He was also caught stealing for just the first time this season. Magglio Ordonez went three for five and he hit the only homer for the Tigers and Placido Polanco kept pace with him in the batting race with three hits of his own. The only Tiger starter not to get a hit was Craig Monroe.
Congratulations to Barry Bonds for getting homerun number 756. I know there’s all of the controversy, but you have a guy who’s definitely amongst the top five hitters ever and he’s not going to get his due because of the juice. Regardeless, those who attended last night’s Giant’s game got to see a slice of history and it’ll now be interesting to see if Bonds can stick around long enough to get to 800.
The Indians have matched the Tigers two straight wins so Detroit still sits a win back of the Indians. The Yankees won their fifth straight and they’re a loss back of Detrot for the Wild Card with the Mariners a loss behind the Yankees. So things are tight and even these games against the bad teams like the Devil Rays are important. Tonight, it’ll be Chad Durbin going up against James Shields. Durbin gets the start for Miller, who’s on the disabled list because of the hamstring injury. Shields got off to a nice start to open the season and while he hasn’t gotten a lot of run support, he’s also been shelled at times. Hopefully the Tigers can make it three in a row with another win.