It took ten innings and nine runs but the Tigers walked away with a 9-7 win over the Pirates this afternoon. Nate Robertson did his job and he gave up just one hit in four shutout innings but the pen was less then stellar. Four of the six relievers used gave up runs with Todd Jones having another tough outing. He gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning while Aquilino Lopez struck out two in a shutout frame in relief of Robertson in the fifth inning.
Freddy Guzman had the big hit with a walk off three run blast in the bottom of the tenth. Carlos Guillen also went yard with his third of the spring. He finished two for three with two runs and two RBIs. Brandon Inge played both third base and right field and he doubled and drove in a run.
Justin Verlander gets the start tomorrow. It’s another day game and their first night game isn’t until this Friday. Their first televised game is a week from tomorrow but that week, they have three games on the tube. Monday and Friday are on FSN while Tuesday’s is on ESPN.
I got my Baseball Book Blog up and running and I’d appreciate any comments. There’s not much there at the moment but hopefully over time I’ll find the time to get some quality content up.