It’s early to start throwing around labels, but Andrew Miller’s inability to work late into games could cost the young starter down the line. In his last four starts, he’s thrown just five innings or fewer and with the Tigers bullpen as it stands, no lead is safe. So as good as Miller is through five, he has to be more effecient and work later into games to better help the Tigers win ball games.
Case in point was this afternoon. Andrew Miller left in the sixth and Jason Grilli gave up two runs (one of Millers and one of his to tie the game up). Then there was a complete melt down in the eighth inning when the Angels scored seven innings. Garrett Anderson belted a three run homer that might not have been a homer to get things going and it went even further downhill from there.
Magglio Ordonez belted his sixteenth homer of the season and he drove in two runs. Curtis Granderson singled and stole his thirteenth base as he pushes closer and closer to being only the third player ever to rack up 20 doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in a season. Willie Mays did it in 1957 and the Cubs Frank Schulte did it way back in 1911 so Granderson would be in pretty select company. Mike Hessman’s three game hitting streak came to an end today. It’s his first game since getting called up that he failed to get a hit.
Jeremy Bonderman throws for the Angels tomorrow night as the Tigers try to avoid a sweep. Rookie Dustin Mosely gets the start for the Angels.