Jarod Washburn hadn’t been very effective since he put on a Tigers uniform and now this deal looks like a big time bust unless Washburn can turn things around in a hurry. He had his worst start of the season and the only good thing you can say about it is he did pitch into the sixth inning even after giving up six runs in the top of the first inning. He then threw three shutout innings before giving up a run each in the fifth and sixth. He’s seen his ERA baloon from 2.64 to 3.55 since he’s joined the Tigers and that’s tough to accomplish this late in the season.
Ryan Perry didn’t fare much better and he gave up three in 2 1/3 innings. The only pitcher to escape unscathed was Fu-Te Ni, who threw a shutout ninth. I was at work (I’m back to work) so I didn’t get a chance to see this train wreck.
Carlos Guillen provided the bulk of the offense with a pair of home runs, three runs and four RBIs. He finished four for five. Curtis Granderson didn’t pick up a hit or a walk but he scored two runs. Placido Polanco went two for three and he scored a run.
The White Sox and Twins kick off a three game series beginning tonight in Minnesota. I’ll probably turn this one on tonight. At least for today, I’ll be rooting for the White Sox. It’s be nice if they took two of three. The Tigers host Cleveland beginning tomorrow and it’ll be Edwin Jackson against Carlos Carrasco, who will be making his major league debut.