The Tigers opened the floodgates again and for the fifteenth time this season, they put a pair of numbers in the run column instead of just one. Marcus Thames belted his eleventh homerun and he drove in four to lead the way while Curtis Granderson once again did it all. He finished with three hits and three runs and he stole his tenth base of the season. It was one of five bases that the Tigers stole and even Sean Casey got in on the action with his second steal. A couple more from him, and he’ll touch his career high of four set back in 2003.
Justin Verlander won his eleventh game of the season. He gave up a couple of early runs and then a couple in the middle innings and he finished with four against him on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six in his five innings of work.
It was particularly nice seeing the Tigers beat up on Jeff Weaver. It’s hard to believe it’s been over five years since we made the deal that sent him to the Yankees. He’s never come close to matching some of the better seasons he had with Detroit and while Carlos Pena (at least for us) and Franklyn German never worked out, Jeremy Bonderman (the infamous player to be named later) was worth the price by himself.
The Indians won so they’ve matched the Tigers in the second half and the Tigers hold on to their 1/2 game lead. Next up is a big three game series against the streaking Twins, who now sit just six games back of the Tigers. It’d be nice to bury the Twinkies with a series win and Nate Robertson kicks things off tomorrow with the hitters’ having to contend with Matt Garza.