Nate Robertson must be used to this kind of stuff by now. Last year, it seemed like it was either the lack of solid pitching out of the pen or a lack of run support. This time, while the Tigers only gave him three runs, it was more the former as Joel Zumaya came in and gave up three hits and a walk and by the end of the eighth inning, he had not only allowed the two runners that Robertson left to score, but two of Zumaya’s own had scored as well. Bobby Seay came in to get the final batter out in the eighth and he also put the Twins down in order in the ninth.
Robertson’s final line was three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings. Of course that would have looked a lot better had Zumaya gotten it done and the two inherited runners not scored.
Craig Monroe had a nice game at the plate. He went three for four and he drove in a run in the 5-3 loss. Curtis Granderson doubled twice and he scored a run while Sean Casey went two for four with a double and a single.
It’ll be Justin Verlander versus Carlos Silva tomorrow. It’s the last one o’clock game at Comerica Park for the rest of the year.