Denny Bautista has looked pretty impressive this spring but he finally ran into a road block in the Braves tonight. He gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow a 2-1 Tigers lead. It was the first time all season he’d even given up a run and despite the rough outing. Bautista could still be a huge part of solidifying the Tigers beat up pen.
Todd Jones threw two shutout innings but his ERA is still well north of eleven. Justin Verlander gave up a solo homer to Chipper Jones in 5 1/3 innings. He did walk four which was a little bit out of character but he gave up just three hits.
Placido Polanco had two of the Tigers six hits and both were doubles. He and Timo Perez drove in the Tigers runs. Brandon Inge spent some time behind the plate and it oddly didn’t affect his hitting because he singled in his only at bat.
Tomorrow is a day game against the Jays and the game is FSN. Dontrelle Willis gets the start. At this point, you’ll be seeing more and more of the starters as the Leyland makes his cuts.