This was a pleasant surprise. The Tigers doubled up their win total since the All Star break by taking two in a day/night doubleheader against the White Sox today. Game one had Justin Verlander throw a six hitter in a 5-1 win and game two had Clete Thomas draw a bases loaded walk to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning for the win.
Verlander threw 127 pitches but he went the distance for the third time this season. The league leader is Zach Greinke with five and right behind him is Roy Halladay with four before you have a handful of others tied at three. Verlander added four strikeouts to his already commanding AL lead and the lone run he gave up was unearned. At the plate, Placido Polanco led the way and he went three for three with a pair of RBIs while Adam Everett went two for four with two runs and an RBI.
Game two was the nail biter and it was a game where the Tigers never had a lead until the eighth inning. Carlos Guillen made his return and he belted a solo home run to tie the game at one in the second and then Brandon Inge scored on Placido Polanco’s ground out to make it 3-3 in the fifth. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Clete Thomas drew a bases loaded walk to make it the eventual 4-3 final. Guillen went two for three with the solo shot and Placido Polanco both scored and drove in a run. On the pitching side, Eddie Bonine was okay and he gave up three in six innings. Brandon Lyon got the win and he improved to 4-4 while Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth with two strikeouts for his 21st save.
Rapid Fire download Tomorrow, it’ll be Gavin Floyd against Edwin Jackson. The Tigers went from tied for first to a two game lead (three in the loss column) and even if they drop their final two of the series, the worst they’ll get is a split.