Those Twins definitely aren’t making things easy for us. They’ve matched the Tigers four game winning streak so while that magic number is coming down, it’s not coming down fast enough. Even after the Tigers 95th win yesterday, the Twins still sit one game back of Detroit.
Placido Polanco was the man in only his second game back from a seperated shoulder. He got the Tigers on the board with a two run single with the bases loaded in the second inning. Then he gave the Tigers what ended up being their winning run by laying down a perfect bunt on a safety squeeze. Polanco has five RBIs in the two games he’s played since coming back.
Jeremy Bonderman’s numbers looked good but he seemed to be struggling at times. He walked three in the game and got into trouble in the fourth inning. Then he got into trouble in the sixth and needed an inning ending double play to get him out of another jam. Regardless, his ERA is now under 4.00. Barely. And he did hit 200 strikeouts. The last time a Tiger did that (strikeout 200 batters) was 1987 when Jack Morris struck out 208. Bonderman would normally be slated to pitch in the regular season finale on Sunday but I have a feeling if the Tigers have the division wrapped up by then, that he’ll sit.
I’m going to the game tonight and I’m also going Sunday. I’m hoping the Tigers have things in hand on Sunday because I’m bringing my son and it’d be nice if the crowd wasn’t quite as bad.