The Tigers bounced back from Saturday’s beat down to edge out another tight on yesterday afternoon. Even better, the Tigers came back from a 3-0 deficit with their big inning being a four run fourth inning. The Twins never let go though and Michael Cuddyer’s second home run of the game in the ninth made it a one run game but that’s as close as they’d get.
Jarrod Washburn gave the Tigers six innings but he gave up five runs on ten hits and a walk. Let’s hope Washburn’s last two starts as an exception and he bounces back but I have a feeling his “savior” tag is already long gone. Brandon Lyon picked up the win and he improved to 5-4 and he’s quietly become the Tigers big pickup of the offseason. After some early struggles, he’s posted ERA’s of 0.56 (June), 1.35 (July) and 0.00 (August in 3 2/3 innings) the past month and change. He hasn’t given up a run in his last eleven appearances and he’s gone 2-0 with a save and four holds in that time.
Fernando Rodney gave up the ninth inning home run but he had two runs to work with so he still picked up save number 23. Bobby Seay and Ryan Perry combined to give up a run in the seventh.
The big hit of the game was a one out single in the eighth inning by Placido Polanco. Clete Thomas also pitched in the eighth with a run scoring ground out. Miguel Cabrera hit his 23rd home run and he drove in two while Marcus Thames went dee with his twelth, that also was his 100th career home run. Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen each had three hits and Curtis Granderson joined the 20/20 club again with his 20th stolen base.
The White Sox also lost so the Tigers got their three game lead back. It’s a four game lead in the loss column and the Tigers have a six loss lead over the Twins. Unfortunately, the Tigers travel to Boston against a tough Red Sox team that’s coming off a three game sweep to the Yankees. It’s Edwin Jackson against Brad Penny in the opener and I’m pretty sure this one is on ESPN.