Once again, the Tigers struggled on the road. This time it was their first of two three game series out on the west coast. They dropped two of three against the Athletics and unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier because next up is four against the Angels. Jack Cust took Rick Porcello deep twice as he took the loss in this one. He fell to 10-8 and he gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout. Ryan Perry also struggled in the eighth and he gave up a pair of home runs, including a three run shot with two inherited runners. It was too bad because in the top of the eighth, Miguel Cabrera had just belted a two run home run to make it a one run game.
Curtis Granderson also went yard in this one. He belted his 24th of the season to lead off the game. Cabrera finished the game three for four with two RBIs and two runs. The only other hitter with more then one hit was Ramon Santiago with a pair of singles.
We’ve got a good matchup between two young pitchers tomorrow when Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver square off. Weaver’s having the best full season of his career and he’s finally living up the hype when he was a first round pick back in 2004. Speaking of Weaver, Jeff Weaver is making a comeback of sorts with the Dodgers. He’s having a solid year and he’s done both as a starter and a long reliever. Not bad seeing he hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2007 and he hadn’t done anything meaningful since taking us to task back in the 2006 World Series. It’s hard to believe it was over 7 years ago that he got traded.