I know, the All Star Game is no longer the absolute split between the first and second half anymore but I still look at it as a fresh start of sorts. The Tigers seemed to like the time off and they won a tough contest against the Orioles tonight. It seemed like every time the Tigers scored the Orioles would answer and through five innings, Baltimore had a 4-3 lead. Brandon Inge put the Tigers ahead for good though with a two run shot in the sixth and then Marcus Thames gave the Tigers some needed insurance with a solo shot in the seventh. Todd Jones didn’t disappoint and he gave up a run in the ninth with some help from a Ramon Santiago error but 6-5 was as close as the Orioles would get.
Gary Sheffield put the Tigers on the board with a monster two run shot in the second inning. It was his only hit but he also drew a walk. Edgar Renteria and Marcus Thames had a team high two hits while Magglio Ordonez went one for five in his first game back from the disabled list.
Kenny Rogers picked up the win but he got his share of help from the Tigers defense. In the second inning, the Orioles already had two runs and there were runners on first and third with nobody out when Brandon Inge started an interesting 5-4-2 double play. He checked Melvin Mora at third, had time to throw Ramon Hernandez at second base and then Placido Polanco threw home to get Mora. That was the first of four double plays that the Tigers made.
The Tigers ended up using six pitchers although two of those threw to just one batter. In all, the pen held on well enough and they combined to give up just one unearned run in three innings.
Tomorrow it’ll be Armando Galarraga going up against Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is a right hander who, despite having a 5-7 record, has some very solid numbers. Hopefully Armando is on his game and the Tigers can make it three straight.
There’s some interesting news with regards to Tiger Stadium. If you believe what the newspapers are saying, the Stadium is on it’s last leg. If you’re a fan of saving the ballpark though, you got a little glimmer of hope earlier thie week because Senator Carl Levin was able to get $4 million in funding to help save a portion of Tiger Stadium in the HUD appropriations bill. This could go a long way towards saving a part of the ballpark for future use.
On a seperate note, you can do your part if you want to see a portion of Tiger Stadium preserved. No other old ballpark is left standing so it’s interesting (and not surprising) that Detroit wouldn’t want to be trendsetters here. You can read about what the Old Tiger Stadium Conservacy is trying to do as well as make a donation if you’d like to help the cause.