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Tigers Lose Another Pitcher’s Duel

The Tigers are now 0-22 when they score two runs or less after Francisco Cruceta gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to Bobby Crosby last night.  It’s unfortunate because Kenny Rogers has had two straight solid starts but for is efforts, he didn’t get a decision in either of them.  And just as bad, Francisco Cruceta, who was heralded as a savior of sorts in the bullpen, is now 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA.  In his last three games, he’s taken the loss in two and blown a save in another. 

The Tigers picked up just five hits in this one.  One of them was a solo homer by Curtis Granderson while another was an RBI single by Jeff Larish.  Miguel Cabrera was the only Tiger to reach base twice with a pair of walks.

Tonight is going to be an odd one.  Leyland wants Dontrelle Willis to get some innings, so it looks like he and Armando Galarraga are going to basically split the start. Willis will throw the first four or five innings before Galarraga takes over and hopefully finishes the game up with a win.  Willis hasn’t thrown in over a week since coming off the disabled list.  At this point, it looks like they should have kept him down in the minors longer.

The Indians and Royals both won, while the White Sox lost so the Tigers are still 6 1/2 back but they’re just one ahead of the Royals and two back of the Indians.  A lot will be determined over the weekend when the Tigers play four against the Indians.

In other words, in regards to Cruceta, the rehab activity of Zumaya and Rodney likely spells the nadir of his brief, meteoric, Tiger career.

Francisco, we barely knew ye?

Posted by Steve on June 3rd, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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