The Tigers still aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but they’d need a downright miracle at this point as the Yankees magic number for the Wild Card is now down to just one. Carlos Silva and the Twins pen held the Tigers to just six singles and a double in a 2-0 shutout loss.
The one double came off of the bat of Magglio Ordonez, which gives him 51 on the season. That puts Ordonez by himself at fifth place on the Tigers single season doubles list. Two different Tigers have racked up 60 doubles in a season. The team record is 63 set by Hank Greenberg back in 1934 and just two years later, Charlie Gehringer belted 60 in 1936. Still, it’s the most doubles since George Kell hit 56 back in 1950.
Nate Robertson took another hard luck loss. He gave up just a single run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in seven solid frames. Fernando Rodney gave up a run in the ninth, his second inning of work, but it was an insurance run by the Twins that they didn’t end up needing.
One thing I forgot to mention was that on Sunday, the Tigers won their 85th game. It’s the first time since 1987-1988 that they’ve had back to back seasons with 85 wins or more. Tonight, it’ll be Yorman Bazardo going up against Matt Garza to try to make it 86.