The Tigers started the week with a two game lead and now after four games with their division rival, they still sit two games ahead of the pack. The good news is, we have a two game lead with three to play instead of a two game lead with seven to play so at the very least, progress made. Now, the Tigers need to win just one game to force a playoff game with the Twins and two to win the division outright and that’s all assuming the Twins win out.
Of course the Tigers could have wrapped everything up yesterday, but why make things easy. They lost 8-3 in their finale with the Twins in a poor collaborative pitching performance. Nate Robertson took the loss and he gave up four runs in six innings while Casey Fien and Bobby Seay gave up two runs each. Armando Gallaraga was the only hurler to throw at least an inning and not give up a run.
Magglio Ordonez went two for four and he raised his batting average above .300. Gerald Laird went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Tonight, it’ll be Jack Peavy against Edwin Jackson. Let’s not make things too interesting guys.