Justin Verlander was touched up for three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings of work. He did strikeout four batters though and the even worse thing was, the poor outing actually improved his ERA slightly to 8.31. He’s got a couple more starts before the real games start so hopefull he’s getting all of these hits out of his system.
Jose Mesa threw two shutout frames and Preston Larrison and Tim Byrdak each pitched a scoreless inning. At the plate, Ryan Rayburn and Brandon Inge each had two hits and Inge scored the only run of the game for the Tigers. He was driven home by Rayburn in the ninth inning. Ivan Rodriguez hit leadoff again and he drew a walk while Craig Monroe played left field and doubled in the game.
The Tigers get the day off tomorrow then they play a late afternoon game against the Indians on Thursday. This is the Tigers first and only day off since they started playing spring games.
I’m bouncing the idea around of having a little meet and greet on next Wendesday (3/28). The Tigers are on FSN at 1:05 (they’re only televised weekday day game) so I might try to find a spot with WiFi, grab some lunch and if you want to stop by, grab a bite and if people show up, talk some baseball. If you’re interested at all, let me know either with a comment or an email and I’ll try to pick a spot that will allow the most people to stop by. And if nobody’s interested, I’ll just sit at home and watch it and we can try again later in the season. No sweat.