The Tigers finished off a series that saw them pile on 30 runs over the Mariners this week. If anything, this was a series that Tigers needed to turn things around. The Mariners had as bad of a record as the Tigers at the time and we were also missing Erik Bedard and Felix Hernandez. It wasn’t always pretty, but the Tigers got the job done and now they ride a three game winning streak into a home series against the Twins this weekend.
Brandon Inge didn’t put the Tigers on the board but he opened the game up with a three run blast in the second inning. Matt Joyce chipped in with a two run shot and he now has five on the season since getting called up. Gary Sheffield had a team high three hits to go along with two runs while Magglio Ordonez doubled twice and drove in two. In all, eight of the Tigers thirteen hits were for extra bases.
Jeremy Bonderman put together a nice start and he’s now 3-4. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Freddy Dolsi threw three perfect innings and he picked up his first career save.
The White Sox and Indians are tied 1-1 and if Chicago wins, it’ll be their eighth straight. Everyone else outside of Detroit has had a tough few games so while the Tigers have made up no ground on the White Sox, they’re close to leaping over the Royals to move into fourth place.
Tomorrow, it’ll be Armando Galarraga going up against Kevin Slowey. It sure would be nice to keep this winning streak going.
Denny Bautista is going to spend some time with the Hens beginning Saturday for his rehab assignment. The bullpen has been a pleasant surprise but it sure would be nice to get the fireballer back in there.