The last time the Tigers won a series, we were still talking about the All Star Break. This time it was Joel Zumaya who faltered on the mound. I was listening to the game on the radio, but from what Jim Price and Dan Dickerson were saying, Zumaya was mostly throwing around 94-95, which is a far cry from the dominating stuff we’re used to. The end result was three runs in the tenth (the only three runs for Cleveland) that cost the Tigers the game and the series.
It’s a shame because Nate Robertson had one of his best starts of the season. 8 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up just four hits and he struck out three. He did give up a two out double in the ninth and Joel Zumaya came in to get out of the jam but you can’t argue that Robertson was the one who kept the Tigers in this one.
The Tigers had a tough time at the plate and their lone run didn’t come until the bottom of the tenth inning. Marcus Thames drove in that lone run and he was one of two Tigers with two hits. He joined Magglio Ordonez, who scored the only run.
With the loss, the Tigers now sit 2 1/2 games back and the Wild Card leading Mariners are five games up. The Tigers start a four game series with the Yankees at home beginning tonight. It’ll be the rookie Andrew Miller making his return from the disabled list and he’ll face Roger Clemens.
I mentioned this briefly yesterday but the Tigers traded Craig Monroe to the Cubs for a player to be named later. Monroe’s season was pretty disappointing and unlike years past, he never got out of his slump. Of course he was designated for assignment last week when the Tigers brough up Cameron Maybin so they had to either trade him or lose him. His first full season was that horrible 2003 season where he finished second on the team in homers with 23 and he built a reputation as a clutch hitter with some high profile homeruns but when it came to picking the team’s most overrated player in the Hardball Times Preseason Annual, I had to go with Monroe because of his .303 OBP. So while you always hate to see a guy go who spent five years with the team, he was definitely the odd man out.