I was at Greenfield riding on Thomas the Tank Engine today so I didn’t get to watch this game but from looking at the box score, it looked like another tough one. Nate Robertson was given a four run lead and while he was effective in the first three innings, the wheels fell of the wagon in the fourth and by the fifth the game was tied. He actually left with a lead but then Joel Zumaya gave up the tying run in the eighth to blow his first save of the season. Then in the tenth, Fernando Rodney was roughed up again and he took the loss and dropped to 1-4. Sandwiched between Rodney and Zumaya was a solid ninth inning by Todd Jones and it was nice to see him bounce back from that tough loss on Wednesday.
Gary Sheffield continues his struggles and while he scored a run, he went 0 for 3 and he’s now hitting .119. Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez each hit their second homerun of the season and Guillen drove in four. Guillen also led all Tigers in WPA with .151 and Todd Jones led all pitchers with .143.
The Tigers haven’t been swept this year and they’ll try to avoid that tomorrow in the final game of their series with the Sox. Justin Verlander will take on Jon Garland and while Garland has had a tough time so far this season, he’s 12-6 in his career against the Tigers. Even worse, he’s 8-1 at Comerica Park. So the Tigers have their work cut out for them tomorrow and it’s just fortunate that they have their hottest pitcher throwing for them in the game.