The Tigers lost to the White Sox tonight in a 6-5 game. Chad Durbin was solid through five innings but he ran into trouble in the sixth when he loaded the bases and left it up to Jason Grilli. A single later and the game was tied. The White Sox then took the lead in the seventh on an RBI single (again off of Grilli) by Darin Erstad that turned out to be the game winner.
The Tigers threatened in the ninth when Placido Polanco doubled with two outs and then he moved to third on a wild pitch by Bobby Jenks. Unfortunately, Gary Sheffield struck out looking to end the ball game. The ball might have been low, but it was close enough to where he should have been protecting the plate.
Aquilino Lopez was a pleasant surprise as he pitched in his first major league game since 2005. He was called up after Jose Mesa hit the disabled list with an injured groin and he pitched well in two innings. He gave up just one hit and he struck out one.
Carlos Guillen was the hitting star. He went two for four and he drove in two runs. Placido Polanco was the other Tiger with two hits and Brandon Inge hit a solo homerun to put the Tigers on the board in the third inning.
Nate Robertson gets the start tomorrow and he’s pitched as well as anyone on the Tigers rotation this year. He’ll face Jose Contreras in a rare Saturday afternoon game at Comerica Park.