This would have been a fun game to be at. You had a solid pitcher’s duel through the first six frames before the Tigers opened it up a little bit with a two run blast in the seventh by Brandon Inge. Then the Cubs took the lead in the eighth with a home run by Micah Hoffpauir before Ryan Raburn came through big time with one out, two run walk off home run to finish things up. Inge finished the game two for four with his seventeenth home run while Don Kelly drew a walk and scored twice (he came home on each of the two run homers).
Edwin Jackson didn’t get the win but he kept us in there. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings. I know he touched 97 when I was watching so he’s been throwing the ball hard. Joel Zumaya gave up the two run homer and the lead in the eighth and it was Brandon Lyon who picked up the win to improve to 3-3 by getting the final Cubs’ out.
Body Armour video The Twins won so the Tigers are still sitting on a four game lead. People have to be getting a little bit excited about the Tigers because they’ve now been in first place since May 10. Their biggest lead has been four games though so hopefully they can crack that ceiling here soon.
Tonight, it’ll be Rick Porcello going up against Rich Harden. Harden has had a weird season. He’s struck out 64 in in 54 2/3 but he has a pedestrian .248 batting average against (at least for someone who can punch out so many). Lefties hit .312 against so hopefully Curtis Granderson will have a solid game. Righties don’t fare nearly as well with a .195 batting average against. Porcello is looking for his ninth win of the season.