This was definitely an odd one. Jeff D’Amico started the game, and gave up four runs without getting an out. There was a rain delay, and Jake Westbrook was brought out to relieve D’Amico, and was simply awesome, pitching seven perfect innings. Once Westbrook comes out, the Tigers go on to score six more runs in the final two innings.
The most obvious surprise of the season has to be the emergence of Nate Robertson. He did it again last night, throwing 6 2/3 and striking out eight. He didn’t get the win, but here’s what his numbers look like so far this year.
Nate Robertson – 17 2/3 IP, 11 Hits, 5 ER, 12 Walks, 24 strikeouts, 2.547 ERA, 1.301 WHIP.
The walks are definitely a concern, but Nate is currently the second in the AL in strikeouts, only one behind Curt Schilling.
Brandon Inge and Rondell White both had three rbis. Guillen, I-Rod, and White all scored twice.
Fernando Vina batted in the lead off spot with Alex Sanchez’s abscence. He didn’t make much of it, going 0 for 5, but I think this is a good move all the way around for the Tigers.
And the bad news is, once again, Bobby Higginson seems to have hurt his leg. I haven’t seen an official diagnosis, but lets hope we don’t have another hole in the outfield.