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Tigers Comeback Falls Short In Loss to Rangers

Nate Robertson had the worst start of his career last night in a tough loss.  He gave up five runs and he left a guy at third before getting pulled without getting a single batter out.  A sac. fly later with Jason Grilli on the mound and Robertson was tagged with six runs on six hits.  He saw his ERA balloon from 4.25 to 5.07 and he’s now falled to 4-6 on the season after a pretty nice April.

Give the bullpen some credit in this one because they at least gave the Tigers the chance to come back.  Grilli threw four shutout innings and Zach Miner pitched two.  Tim Byrdak threw a shutout seventh and it wasn’t until the eighth inning when the Rangers finally scored another run off of Fernando Rodney.

What was most disappointing was that this was a game the Tigers should have won because they were essentially going up against a Triple A pitcher.  And while they did knock John Rheinecker out early, it wasn’t enough to come back from that rough first inning.

Brandon Inge had a nice day at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.  Gary Sheffield drew three walks, one of which was with the bases loaded and Omar Infante continued to hit the ball well by going two for four with a walk.  He’s now hitting .325 on the season and he gave Curtis Granderson a night off against the leftie starter.

Tonight, it’ll be Justin Verlander going up against Kevin Millwood and his 6.69 ERA.  I like our chances although Millwood has been pretty good against the Tigers in the past (45 2/3 inning, 3.15 ERA, 1.14 WHIP).

Tomorrow is the baseball draft and the first few rounds are going to be on ESPN2.  It’s the first time a portion of the draft has been televised and I’m interested in seeing what kind of analysis they’ll have.

And it took some work, but the 1967 AL Pennant Race site is up to date.  Tigers are in first, at least for the time being.  Although the Al Kaline injury is coming up later in the month and that puts a damper on things.

Yep, bad outing for Nate, but I’m looking for Jim Leyland to make a decision and take action. I’m thinkin’ I like Art Miller

Posted by Bill on June 6th, 2007 at 11:03 am

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