The Tigers let another game get away from them and at this point, even the most optimistic of Tigers fans have to be thinking that this game is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Up 5-2 in the eighth inning, Joel Zumaya was tagged for three runs that sent the game into extra frames. Then in the bottom of the eleventh, Casey Blake belted a walk off, solo homer off of Zach Miner to complete the Tigers loss. It’s too bad because Kenny Rogers saw a solid start go to waste. He gave up just two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Placido Polanco had the big game at the plate. He singled, doubled and belted a solo homer in the loss. Carlos Guillen doubled twice and scored two runs while Ramon Santiago singled twice and drove in two runs.
Sigh, to make the loss worse, the Yankees won as well so the Wild Card deficit is back to 3 1/2 games. Even if the Tigers take their final two games against, the Indians, they’ll have just a slim chance to catch them and the Yankees magic number for the Wild Card is now nine. If the Yankees go 6=6 in their final twelve games, the Tigers will have to go 9-2 in their final eleven games just to tie.
Tonight, it’ll be Justin Verlander going up against Jake Westbrook. With C.C. Sabathia throwing tomorrow, this is our best chance to walk away with a win in this series.