The Tigers were 1-6 this season before today’s win at against the Twins at the Metrodome but at least for a day, it was like we were back in 2006 with an impressive come from behind win. Down 4-1, Miguel Cabrera drove in his 112th run of the season in the seventh inning to make it 4-2 and then Curtis Granderson and Magglio Ordonez both hit two run blasts in the eighth inning for the 6-4 win. For Granderson, it was number 18 and it was the 17th homer for Ordonez. Magglio also put himself back into the fringes of the batting race with three hits and he’s now hitting .318. Unfortunately, Joe Mauer, who’s ahead of him, had two hits today.
Justin Verlander escaped without taking his 16th loss of the season because of the timely hitting. He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Clay Rapada improved to 3-0 with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Fernando Rodney gave us his best Todd Jones impersonation. He loaded the bases on a leadoff walk and two singles before he got Joe Mauer on a strikeout and Justin Morneau on a line out to pick up his ninth save.
I’m listening to the White Caps play South Bend as I write this. The two teams are playing the third and deciding game of their Midwest League playoff game. It’s a scoreless game in the fourth inning as we speak but South Bend is threatening.
Chris Lambert gets the start tomorrow and he’ll face Glen Perkins. The White Sox are tied with the Angels and if they can pull off the game, the Tigers will have helped them to a 2 1/2 game lead in the Central.