I said this last week but anything less then three out of four would be considered a disappointment this weekend against Seattle. I guess if your a glass half full kind of guy, the Tigers’ salvaged what could have been a disaster series by winning a 15 inning pitchers duel this afternoon. Yeah, they only split, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Marcus Thames drove in the game winner with a sac. fly and an awesome start by Nate Robertson didn’t got to waste. Give some props to Joel Zumaya, Freddy Dolsi, Aquilino Lopez and Todd Jones because they held the Mariners to just two hits in a combined six innings. Ryan Raburn homered for the other run in the 2-1 win and Ivan Rodriguez had four of the Tigers’ eight hits.
Fernando Rodney was the goat last night. He gave up a two run homer to Jeff Clement in the bottom of the eighth inning and that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 loss. It’s too bad because Rodney appeared to have turned the corner with five straight appearances without giving up a run. Now you have you have to be concerned again whenever he’s called on in a high leverage situtation.
The Tigers have the day off tomorrow while they head home for two against the Indians. It was supposed to be C.C. Sabathia throwing for the Indians in the opener but it looks like he’s going to be a Brewer so we’ll fortunately miss him. I’m not sure who the Indians will have throwing in his place but whoever it is, it’ll be better then facing the big lefthander.
The Twins have rattled off five straight wins while the White Sox have stayed hot as well so the Tigers deficit is 7 1/2 games. This weekend series against the Twins will be pretty important but the Tigers have to make sure they’re not looking ahead because they still have to take care of business against the struggling Indians.