It’s funny how the two pitchers everyone got concerned about were Rogers and Justin Verlander. Both have bounced back in this series in a big way and while it might not last, it wasn’t certainly timely.
Marcus Thames had the big game at the bat. He walked in a run in the first, tripled home a run in the third and then topped all of that with a solo homerun in the fifth inning. It was his first homerun and first RBI in over two weeks. The last time he had a multihit game was July 31.
We all moaned when we saw Neifi Perez’s name penciled in at the leadoff spot. Just to prove me wrong (again), Perez led off the game with a weak little flair single to right field and he later scored on Magglio Ordonez’s RBI single. In his next at bat, he tried to bunt himself on but did such a horrible job, he ended up popping out to the first baseman. What was even more strange was Pablo Ozuna did the same thing in the next inning.
We were sitting on the third base side close to the Tigers dugout. What’s weird is, it’s almost impossible to know whether any given pitch is a ball or strike because of the angle. Sounds like Ozzie Guillen had a legitimate beef when he got kicked out of the game.
Going into the series, I would have been happy with a split and the Tigers are now guaranteed that. It would be nice to bury the White Sox though. Zach Miner goes head to head with Freddy Garcia tonight.