What a great day to be a sports fan yesterday. You had the NFL draft, the Pistons and Wings playoff games, and a Tiger game.
Oh, and I was cooped up at the Masonic Temple and missed most of it. I caught the Lion’s first pick, then the third period of the Wings game, all on the radio. But I guess I’d rather have them all win when I’m not watching as opposed to losing when I am.
But, the Tigers won in grand fashion yesterday. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied 2-2, Rondell White hit a three run blast, his fifth homerun of the season, to win the game. The Tigers improve to 11-7, and sit a half game behind the Twins. One more win this month will guarantee the Tigers a winning record in April.
Nate Robertson may have had his toughest outing of the season, as he pitched five innings, giving up four hits, four walks, and two runs. He did strikeout six to keep up his torrid pace, and now has 30 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings, once again putting him one strikeout behind Curt Schilling for the AL lead. The difference is, Curt’s needed 28 innings to do it.
Four different relievers shut the Indians out the rest of the way, as Urbina picked up his first win of the season.
Jason Johnson hopes to turn things around, and help the Tigers complete the sweep this afternoon. The Indians will put Jake Westbrook on the mound, the pitcher who three seven perfect innings in relief against the Tigers on Monday.
Oops, almost forgot to mention, Brandon Inge went 1 for 3, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Unfortunately, his batting average “dropped” to .410, so hopefully he’ll be able to turn things around today as well.