You know it’s a beatdown when Sean Casey gets a triple. The Tigers completely dismantled Mike Mussina and the Yankees bullpen last night as they won their second straight game to win the four game series three to four. Every Tiger regular had a hit and six had multi-hit games. The only Tiger starter who didn’t score was Marcus Thames and the only one who didn’t drive in a run was Sean Casey. Brandon Inge led the way with three hits and four RBIs while Ryan Raburn drove in three and scored three. The lone homerun came off the bat of Placido Polanco in the fourth inning.
The Tigers scored in the first five innings, took a break in the sixth and then put up six in the seventh to finish up the route. Lost in all of the offense was a nice start by Justin Verlander. He threw seven shutout innings to push his record to 14-5 and Zach Miner closed the game out with two shutout innings.
The Indians aren’t making it easy though as they’ve won their last three so the Tiger deficit in the Central is still 2 1/2 games. The Tigers get right back at it tonight with the first of three against Kansas City so now isn’t a time to let up. It’ll be Nate Robertson going up against Brian Bannister. Hopefully Nate can come close to matching his performance in his last start and the Tigers can give him a run or two.