Hopes must have been pretty high for the 1935 Tigers. They were just a year removed from their record breaking season in 1934, but the loss they suffered to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series must have been tough. With pretty much that entire team returning, the Tigers fell flat to start the 1935 campaign and through their first eleven games, they were 2-9.
Enter Joe Sullivan. The left hander had just made his big league debut a week before and he was given the ball for his first major league start on April 28, 1935. The Tigers won that game 5-3 and that started a streak where the Tigers won six of seven. Three of those six games came on Joe Sullivan starts and while the lefthander would be relegated to the pen by mid-season, he helped spark a run that would eventually push the Tigers to their last consecutive American League pennant.
Fast forward to 2008 and we have Armando Galarraga. He gave up just three hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 shutout inning this afternoon against the Jays and he became the first Tiger with a pair of wins to his credit. More importantly, he made a bad situtation look okay by throwing the Tigers to a split in their four game series with the Jays.
At the plate, Ivan Rodriguez went four for five with an RBI while Edgar Renteria went two for four with his third homer and a pair of runs. With the two hits, he now supplants Clete Thomas, who went one for four, as one of two Tiger regulars (Carlos Guillen) that are hitting .300 or better.
The Rangers roll into town beginning tomorrow and their 7-13 record matches Detroit. They’re riding a four game losing streak though so hopefully the Tigers can pile on. Justin Verlander goes for his first win while the Rangers put Vincente Padilla on the mound.