The Tigers went a long way towards evening their record against the Royals after they pulled off a three game sweep in Kansas City. The Tigers outscored KC 33-6 and in no way, shape, or form did the Royals ever have a chance in any of these games. Yes, Kansas City is still one of the worst teams in the American League but these are also the games the Tigers have to win (and hadn’t the first two months of the season).
This afternoon, Armando Galarraga took a perfect game into the seventh inning only to have David DeJesus single to lead off the frame. In all, he gave up just one run on three hits and a walk with a career high seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. Casey Fossum and Todd Jones then pitched a scoreless inning each to close out the game.
Magglio Ordonez and Placido Polanco each had a team high three hits. Miguel Cabrera continued his impressive week with two singles and three RBIs. He now has 14 RBIs in the last five games. Curtis Granderson tripled for the sixth time this season and while Carlos Guillen didn’t get a hit, he walked twice and scored a pair of runs.
The Tigers now get a day off and then they start a very important three game series against the White Sox. Nate Robertson gets the nod on Friday and he’ll go up against Gavin Floyd. The White Sox have cushioned their first place lead and they’re 2 1/2 ahead of the Twins and 5 1/2 ahead of the Tigers. I’ll be going to Sunday’s game with my son.
Jeff Passan has a solid column on Joel Zumaya’s comeback. Good stuff. And not that I’m in Jeff’s class, but I’ve also gotten back to writing, after a short hiatus, my Business of Baseball Reports over at the Hardball Times.