The Tigers took their second straight game over the Yankees tonight in a 6-2 win and Placido Polanco drove home two of the Tigers six runs on a pair of solo homers. Marcus Thames also went yard and he belted his second homer of the season, a two run shot in the fifth inning.
Jeremy Bonderman had one of his better starts to the season and he improved to 2-2. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with a strikeout in 7 2/3 innings. Clay Rapada continued his solid work out of the pen and he got the final four batters out to close out the game. He has yet to give up a run in his seven innings of work and at least so far, Tim Byrdak is long forgotten.
The Tigers made a move today as they sent Jason Grilli to the Rockies for minor league hurler Zachary Simons. The right hander has fourteen strikeouts 13 1/3 innings this year for the Rockies High A affliate and he looks like a converted starter. Last year he repeated Low A and struck out 64 and walked 31 in 70 2/3 innings. He’s hardly a top prospect but this was more of a roster move because the Tigers are making room for Francisco Cruceta, who’s been nothing short of awesome this season. He has 15 strikeouts and three walks in seven innings but walks are a concern. He has major league stuff, but he’s been mired in Triple A since 2004 so it’ll be interesting to see if he can finally put it together.
The Tigers go for the sweep tomorrow. Nate Robertson gets the nod against Ian Kennedy. Then it’s off to Minnesota for a three game set against the Twins.