In what is hopefully a bounce back game for the Tigers; they put Mike Maroth up against the ace of the KC staff Gil Meche. Hopefully the Tiger bats have thawed after last night's debacle, and as Rod Allen would say "put some crooked numbers up on the board."
Tigers: Maroth (0-0)
Royals: Meche (1-0)
wasn't spectacular, allowing Propelled by solo shots from Pudge, Sheff, and Grandy; the Tigers hold on to win 6-5. Marothfour runs on six hits. He was better than Gil Meche, who gave up 6 on 8 hits. Defense was much better than the previous games. The lone error was a errant throw by Carlos Guillen that, thanks to a lucky bounce, still resulted in an out (via a rundown). Only 3 walks to 7 K's for the Tigers bats, but half of their hits were of the extra base variety. When the weather starts to heat up, I'm assuming the Tigers bats will too. Grilli got into some trouble in the 7th allowing a few hits, and putting the potential tying run 90 feet away with only one out. But he recovered to retire the next two batters and get out of the jam. Todd Jones recorded the save in 1-2-3 fashion, notching up a strikeout for the final out.
Curtis Granderson. He drove in two and his solo shot in the 5th ended up being the winning run.
Brandon Inge. Inge was 0-4 with 3 K's and has yet to record his first hit of the season. All is not lost however, he had a terrible April last year and had a decent year at the plate.
W - L
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