Man, this was a wild one. It looked like the Tigers had this one in the bag. After walking Curtis Granderson to load the bases, Octavio Dotel served up a bases clearning double to Placido Polanco to make it 6-3 in the seventh. Things looked even better when Zach Miner cruised through the seventh and while the Tigers hit some road bumps in the eighth, the score still stood 6-3 heading into the ninth.
Fernando Rodney has been pretty good this year. He’s definitely not the top closer in baseball but he’s done the job. Still, last night wasn’t pretty. He walked the first three batters to load up the bases before he got pulled in place of Brandon Lyon. Lyon got a huge strike out in Jermaine Dye but then he walked home a run before he served up a double to Paul Konerko. Fortunately, they gunned down the winning run in DeWayne Wise at the plate and didn’t allow another run, hence the extra frame.
Miguel Cabrera then didn’t waste much time and he belted a lead off homer in the tenth. Lyon struck out two in a one-two-three tenth and the Tigers walked away with the win after having almost walked this one away.
Sugar movie download Brandon Inge hit home run number 13 when he put the Tigers on the board in the second. He also finished with three runs. Also, lost in all of the late inning problems was a decent start by Dontrelle Willis. He gave up three runs in five innings but it could have been a lot worse had he not made a nice diving play with the bases loaded and two outs in the tenth.
Tonight, it’ll be Justin Verlander against John Danks. Danks hasn’t thrown nearly as well this as he did last year so I like our chances in this one.