The Good – Armando Galarraga bounced back with a solid start. He pitched just five innings, but he gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He lasted 92 pitches, which is good considering he’s been sick and the pen pitched four shutout innings before Fernando Rodney gave up the go ahead run in the top of the tenth.
The Bad – Ryan Raburn made three errors at third base, including two in the tenth inning that led to the game winning run. Fernando Rodney took the loss in this one, but Ryan Raburn definitely gets an assist.
The Ugly – This game should have never went to ten frames because the Tigers were 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position. They outhit the Royals 10-5 and one of their runs didn’t even come on a hit (Adam Everett scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Sigh, we should be happy because the Tigers had a nice little winning streak but this is definitely a game the Tigers should have won. Magglio Ordonez belted a home run and four hitters had a pair of hits each. So the offense was there, just not the timely offense.
The Tigers get a much needed day off tomorrow before they host the Mariners for three. Game one pits Rick Porcello against Felix Hernandez on Tuesday so that should be a good one. Jarrod Washburn pitches against is old team in the final on Thursday afternoon.
The White Sox are early in their game with the A’s. A win by Chicago means out lead is down to a game and a half. In fact I’m going to tune into that right after I hit publish.