While it’s never good, you’d think Nate Robertson would be used to the lack of run support. After starting 2-0 with two fine starts, he got it done today as well but unfortunately the Tigers didn’t hit for him and they picked up just one run. The lone Tiger run came in the first inning when Curtis Granderson scored on an error by Josh Towers. In fact the offense was so bad that after that first inning, the Tigers racked up just two hits and they were both by Ivan Rodriguez.
Robertson was very sharp in seven innings of work. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Joel Zumaya threw the final frame and he didn’t give up a base runner.
The Twins also lost and the Indians won so the Tribe vaults both teams and the Tigers now stand a half game back of them. The White Sox are off to a rough start but if the Tigers hadn’t gotten a couple of key hits (like the Pudge homer last week), the Tigers might be down there with them. But first place is just 6-3 and we all know this was going to be a shoot out amongst four teams.
The Tigers finally come home after ten games on the road and they’ll take on the last place Royals tomorrow night. It’ll be a battle of two good young pitchers in Zach Greinke and Justin Verlander. Justin has a thirteen scoreless inning streak going and hopefully he can get that up to around twenty or so after tomorrow.