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Tigers Lose Tough Game In Finale Over Athletics

Wow.  It’s funny because I turned the game off in the seventh because of family duties (i.e. playing with boy).  I logged back in to check the box score to see how many runs the Tigers ended up winning by only to see the A’s came back in dramatic fashion.  I’m glad I didn’t keep the game on because I’m sure, to put it lightly, I would have been annoyed.  To blow a seven run lead is tough.  To blow it when you could have picked up a game in both the division and the Wild Card makes it even tougher.

But blow a seven run lead they did.  Nate Robertson was very good through six innings and his only blemish was the fifth when he gave up two runs.  Then Fernando Rodney got tagged (he’ll probably be the talk on the sports radio show because everyone had been talking about how good he’d been), which set things up for Todd Jones to blow it in the ninth with two runs. He gave up only his third homerun of the season and it was his first blown save since July 21.  Then Yorman Bazardo yielded the “losing” run in the tenth.  Sigh.

Marcus Thames had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Tigers at the plate.  Cameron Maybin hit leadoff and he went 0 for 4.  Ramon Santiago was the other hitting star with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs.

So the Tigers are right back where they are to start the day because the Indians, Yankees and Mariners all lost.  The Tigers get a day off to think about things before they head home to play three against the White Sox.  Jeremy Bonderman will try to help right the ship on Tuesday and the hitters will see Gavin Floyd.  I normally wouldn’t be worried about facing Floyd with his 6.92 ERA but his best start of the season was against the Tigers when he pitched six shutout innings on (his only win) on August 5.

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