Well, the Tigers won tonight. My blood pressure is still recovering but a win is a win and that puts the Tigers magic number down to four. The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, saw the Twins cut it down to 5-4 by the eighth and the an insurance run by the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth proved to be neccesary because the Twins scored another run in the ninth and left a man on second when the game ended.
Justin Verlander picked up his 18th win of the season. He struck out eight and the pivotal moment of the game was when Jim Leyland left in their to face Michael Cuddyer in the with two outs and a runner on second despite Verlander being well over the 120 pitch mark. It proved to be a smart move because Verlander got Cuddyer to ground out to Brandon Inge. Verlander was still hitting 98 on the gun in that final at bat.
Magglio Ordonez had a big two run, two out single in the third inning. Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the board in the first and Curtis Granderson went yard in the ninth for what turned out to be the winning run. For Granderson, it was his 30th of the season. For Cabrera, it was number 33.
In the afternoon game, the Tigers lost a tough one 3-2 in ten innings. Rick Porcello gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings and Brandon Lyon gave up two tenth inning runs and he took the loss.
It’s weird not having to worry about other games. The Tigers and Twins are playing each other and the White Sox no longer matter (as a playoff contendor, they could play the role as spoiler later this week). If the Tigers win the next two, they’re in the playoffs.