The last time Justin Verlander didn’t throw at least five innings in a start was way back on opening day and yesterday against the Cardinals he threw just four frames in a 11-2 blowout loss. Verlander gave up five on eight hits and he walked two and struck out four. Nate Robertson was tagged in the following inning for four runs and Ryan Perry was knocked around for two. The only guy who didn’t give up a run was Brandon Lyon, who threw two shutout frames to close out the game. Lyon now has quietly gone six straight appearances with eleven innings without giving up a run and at least since the beginning of the month, he’s been one of the Tigers more reliable relievers.
The Tigers scored both of their runs on solo homers. Brandon Inge hit his 15th and Miguel Cabrera belted his twelfth. And no, those numbers are’t backwards. Inge leads the team now with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs and if you throw in the gold glove caliber defense at third, you could be looking at an All Star. Who would have guessed at the beginning of the year.
Edwin Jackson gets the start tonight and Todd Wellemeyer throws for the Cardinals. Wellemeyer has a 5.50 ERA and he’s walked 30 in 75 1/3 innings. Hopefully the Tigers hitters will be patient with him and pick their spots.