In a game that was way more interesting then it needed to be, the Tigers put one in the win column against the Mariners tonight. The Tigers took an 11-1 lead into the seventh inning only to see it turn into a 12-8 win. They needed Todd Jones to get a double play in the ninth to get out of what was already a four run inning by the Mariners.
Justin Verlander looked like his old self today. He gave up just one run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The pen didn’t do a great job but they had plenty of runs to work with.
Four homeruns provided a bulk of the Tigers offense. Magglio Ordonez, Edgar Renteria, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen all went deep. Renteria came within a double of hitting of rthe cycle and he finished with five RBIs. The only Tiger regular who didn’t get a hit was Matt Joyce and even he reached base with a walk.
Tomorrow, it’ll be Kenny Rogers going up against Jarrod Washburn. It’s bad when you have a guy like Washburn with around a 5.50 ERA and your starter has an ERA over one point higher. Hopefully Kenny can find his form tomorrow night.