It’s only the seventh inning, but the Tigers have put up seven runs. The game was close through four innings before Craig Monroe made it 4-1 with a two run shot and then Sean Casey doubled home two in the sixth. He’d later score on Brandon Inge’s RBI single and just like that, the Tigers are up 7-1. Justin Verlander is cruising and his only blemish so far has been a Jermaine Dye solo homerun.
All seven runs were credited to Jose Contreras. Just to show you how dominant Contreras has been against Detroit, this is the first time in five starts that Contreras has given up more then a single run in any given inning.
Verlander just walked Mackowiak with two outs and they now have the pen going. He got ahead on Cintron 1-2 but fell to a full count. Fortunately he got him to ground out. Nice play by Carlos Guillen.
The Neifi Perez era has started with a whimper. Three at bats and nothing to show for it.
Nice win for the Tigers. 7-1 ended up being the final. Joel Zumaya pitched the eighth and then Jones pitched in the ninth. Perez finished his Tiger debut by going 0 for 4. No big surprise there. I’ll be at the game tomorrow.