The Indians lost again yesterday and a Tigers win would have put them just a half game back of first place. It wasn’t to be though because the Rangers bounced back on Phil Coke, who made his return to the rotation last night. He gave up six runs on ten hits and he didn’t strike out anyone in five innings. Those kind of numbers make me wonder if he’s over his bone bruise. I didn’t get to see the game so I don’t know how his mechanics look but it wasn’t pretty.
Adam Wilk gave up a solo home run to Adrian Beltre in his two innings of relief. Enrique Gonzalez threw a shutout inning to close out the game for the Tigers.
Don Kelly put the Tigers on the board in the first inning with a solo home run in his first at bat but that would be the last time the Tigers would have the lead. Kelly also drove home the Tigers third and final run on a ground out in the ninth.
Now the Tigers come home to play the Mariners beginning tomorrow. The Mariners have been a surprise this year and they sit two games over the .500 mark. Justin Verlander throws against Doug Fister in the opener tomorrow. The Indians are playing at Yankee Stadium this weekend so I like our chances of making up some more ground heading into the Tigers/Indians series next week.
I must be losing it. The Tigers don’t have a day off. They play four against Seattle.