The Tigers handled Johan Santana last night and in the process, won their third straight game. A win this afternoon would complete a sweep over the Twins and effectively bury that team for the time being. The fact that the Tigers got it done, and against one of the best pitchers in baseball, was nice to see.
Andrew Miller gave the Tigers five quality innings but you always wonder what’s going to happen once the Tigers to the back end of the pen. Jason Grilli gave up a run in the sixth but after that, the pen did a nice jog. Chad Durbin threw 1 1/3 shutout innings and Todd Jones threw shutout ninth to pick up his 25th save. Miller improved to 5-3 on the season with the win.
The big hit was a solo homerun by Magglio Ordonez which at the time made it a 3-1 ball game. It proved to be the winning run though and along with a two run double, you had Ordonez driving in all three runs for the Tigers in this one. In fact, he has all four Tiger RBIs in this series. Ryan Raburn had a nice game as well. He doubled off of Johan and he later scored on Ordonez’s double and then he drew a walk.
It’s Jeremy Bonderman against Scott Baker this afternoon. The Indians lost yesterday afternoon, so they now have a two game lead over them (three in the loss column). The Twins are now eight back.