Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Game 92

Poor Andrew Miller, for the fourth time this year he'll take the mound against the opposing team's #1 pitchers. This time it's probably the #1 guy in the Majors...Johan Santana. While the Tigers have been able to get some hits off of Santana earlier this season, this is the time of year
when he turns it on. So for the Tigers sake this one better be a pitching duel, because I don't see Miller getting much run support tonight.

Detroit (55-36)
R Raburn CF
P Polanco 2B
G Sheffield DH
M Ordonez RF
C Guillen SS
I Rodriguez C
M Thames 1B
C Monroe LF
B Inge 3B

Minnesota (49-44)
L Castillo 2B
J Bartlett SS
J Mauer C
M Cuddyer RF
J Morneau 1B
T Hunter CF
J Cirillo DH
L Ford LF
N Punto 3B

Tigers - Andrew Miller LHP (4-3, 3.35 ERA)
Twins - Johan Santana LHP (11-6, 2.60 ERA)


Tigers 3 Twins 2

Magglio Ordonez owns Johan Santana. No one in baseball has hit more HR or driven in more runs off of Johan then Magglio. Led by Maggs and pitching performances that subscribed to the "bend, but don't break" theory, the Tigers hand Johan Santana his first loss since June 9th. Guess what, the Tigers now possess the best record in the Major Leagues. It did come at a price, both Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames (after a diving catch that kept the tigers in the lead in bottom of the 8th) both left the game with injuries.
It will be interest to see how Jim Leyland fills out the line-up card for tomorrow afternoon's game.

Tiger Hero:
Magglio Ordonez. He has driven in all 4 runs the tigers have scored this series.

Tiger Zero:
Pudge. Hitless in his last three games. I'm sure the off day tomorrow, and Royals pitching this weekend will help turn things around.

Tigers Record:
W - L
56 - 36
1st Place AL Central (Cleveland 2 GB)

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