It doesn’t seem like the Tigers were coming off of a five game winning streak because of the break, but it came to an end none the less in a bizarre game in Seattle. The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead but then a three run fifth inning did the Tigers in. I’m working from what I heard on the radio, but it sounded like the umpire blew a call not once but twice when Carlos Guillen tagged out Adrian Beltre sliding into second base but was called safe. Amidst the confusion, Richie Sexson scampered home for what would turn out to be the winning run. And then Ivan Rodiriguez was bumped in the fourth after he got called for another interference call.
Andrew Miller dropped to 4-3 but outside of the odd inning, he threw a nice game. He struck out six and walked just two in five innings and he also got some nice support from the pen. Jason Grilli, Macay McBride, and Jose Capellan (who’s been pretty good so far) all threw a shutout frame in the game. Capellan has held the opposition to just two hits in 5 1/3 innings and his only earned run was the one he gave up in his Tiger debut a couple of weeks ago.
Gary Sheffield had three hits and he stole two bases in the game. Curtis Granderson singled, doubled and he scored both Tiger runs.
Jeremy Bonderman gets the start tonight (I hate these 10 pm games) and the Tigers hitters will face Jarod Washburn, who’s a lefty. So it’ll be interesting to see how Leyland shuffles his lineup with a lefty on the mound.