Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Game 46 Recap
Now that's a little more like it. A two-out rally in the 2nd and a huge 3rd provided all the offense the Tigers needed for the win tonight. A win that clinches the first series victory for the Tigers since they swept the Yankees in New York nearly a month ago.
In the 3rd, 11 Tigers batted, 7 scored. The inning started out with 5 straight singles, then Marcus Thames smashed a Jarrod Washburn "fastball" to deep left for a Grand Slam. Every Tiger except Edgar Renteria had a hit in this inning...yes that included the ice-cold Gary Sheffield. Tiger bats when quiet after that, partially due to the rainstorm that settled in over Comerica.
Kenny Rogers didn't pitch great, but when you're spotted 9 runs you usually escape with a win. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 5.1 innings. Zach Miner and Francisco Cruceta combined to shut down the Mariners for the remaining 3.2 innings. Neither allowed a hit and only a walk apiece. Miner lowered his ERA under 7.00 for the first time since April 5th.
Now for the sweep tomorrow afternoon with Jeremy Bonderman facing Miguel Bautista.
Tigers 9 Mariners 4
W: Rogers (4-4)
L: Washburn (2-6)
W - L
19 - 27