A pretty solid start by Nate Robertson went to waste tonight. He threw six shutout innings, then in the seventh, got into trouble. With one out and runners on first and second, he was pulled in favor of Joel Zumaya, who almost immediately gave up a single to B.J. Upton. Curtis Granderson came home, but the ball was cut off and they had Upton in a pickle. Right before they were about to tag Upton, someone (I can’t remember who ended the pickle) came home and the throw was wide. In the meantime, Upton got to second base. Fortunately, no further damage was done but we should have gotten at least one out on that at bat.
Just as costly was another botched hit and run attempt. Dan’s been bringing this up in the comments and once again he proves to be correct. Dmitri Young led off with a single in the seventh, but then he was caught stealing in a strike em out, throw em out double play when Craig Monroe couldn’t make contact on the hit and run. True to form, Sean Casey then singled, which would have given us a runner in scoring position with only one out.
Speaking of Young, he had another good game. Three for four, including a ninth inning double that gave the Tigers a chance in the ninth.
The Tigers come home for three games against the Indians. Tomorrow’s gave will have Jeremy Bonderman going up against Cliff Lee. Bonderman’s had a tough time in three of his last four starts, including the eight inning melt down game last weekend against the Twins. Hopefully he’ll be able to bounce back and get the Tigers back on track.