Tigers 3 Rangers 8
While the Tigers can't win them all, losses like this aren't particularly fun to watch. In what looked like an audition to not get sent down to Toledo when Nate Robertson returns tomorrow, Jim Leyland trotted out Macay McBride and Eulogio De La Cruz out to face the Rangers in the 8th and 9th innings. McBride held his own striking out one while allowing two hits. The run credited to him was one of four surrendered by De La Cruz. DLC did his best Fernando Rodney impression tonight. He was erratic, the runner he inherited moved to first to third on two consecutive errant pitches. He imploded, allowing three runs to score off of three hits, one being a home run by Jerry Hairston. Then, after all the smoke cleared he got a strikeout to end the inning. Jeremy Bonderman took his first loss of the season, based in part to his recent trend of moving the patented first inning blowup to later in the game. This game is was in the third. The Rangers took a page out of the Tigers playbook scoring 4 runs on Jeremy Bonderman with 2 outs in the inning, all hits were singles. The inning was extended by a throwing error by Bondo, but was ended with a nice throw from the outfield by Craig Monroe.
Curtis Granderson. Another triple to brings his MLB leading total to 14.
Eulogio De La Cruz. After this performance it's looking like Frankie goes to Toledo
W - L
45 - 30
1st Place AL Central (Cleveland 1 GB)
Tomorrow's game features Nate Robertson return to the mound. As you may recall, Nate's 6 run first inning vs. the Rangers on June 5th was the last time we saw Nate in action. For what it's worth I'll be there first hand to see if Nate's "tired arm" has healed.