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Tigers Balk Away With Win In Twelve Over Indians

The Tigers and Indians went into extra frames again last night and this time it was the Tigers who came out on top 4-3.  Ryan Raburn singled home the Tigers first run in the twelth and then right after that, Clete Thomas scored on a balk by reliever Jose Veras.  The Tigers needed that last one though because Zach Miner gave up a run in the bottom half of the inning but fortunately he had two to work with as he picked up his first save of the season.  Bobby Seay picked up the win and outside of Rodney giving up a ninth inning run, the pen followed up Rick Porcello’s fantastic start rather nicely.

Speaking of Porcello, he bounced back in a big way.  He needed just 91 pitches (and eight of those came against the first batter he faced, Grady Sizemore, who drew the only walk against Porcello) to get through eight innings and he gave up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.  He needed only five pitches to get through the third.

I’m way behind the times on the technology.  If I could find a well timed game, I’d like to watch an entire game on the enhanced gameday platform which looks like it has a ton of cool options.  I also haven’t hopped on the Twitter band wagon yet.  Most things will have to wait until next season (business number two is heating up and number three has yet to get off the ground).

Back to the game, Miguel Cabrera had a nice day at the plate.  He went three for six with an RBI and that puts him at .336 on the season.  He’s going to have a tough time catching Ichiro at .363 (Mauer is second at .353) but with two months to play, anything can happen.  Rod and Mario were talking about him being a lock for 100 RBIs and he’s just about on pace for that but his past two months saw him drive in just 10 each.  He’s still riding that fantastic May when he drove in 23.

Ryan Raburn also had a nice game with three hits.  After starting the season three for 26, he’s gone 38 for 130 (.292).  Raburn has also had the distinction of hitting at all nine spots in the batting order as well as fielding five positions (first, third and all three outfield spots).

The White Sox won and now the Twins are trending down so the Tigers have a game and a half lead over Chicago and a three game lead over the Twins.  The rubber game with the Indians is this afternoon and it’ll be Armando Galarraga going up against Carl Pavano.  Then the Tigers come home to face Luke Scott and the Orioles for four games to kick off a seven game home stand that finishes with three against the Twins.  It looks like all of the Tigers remaining weekday home games are on Thursday so I might have to pull Devin out of school to have our best chance at making a game together.  We are planning on going out to Lansing this afternoon to catch a Lugnuts game.  I was hoping to hit three minor league parks this year so if we get to Lansing this afternoon, that leaves Midland.

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