Sunday, July 27, 2008
Game 104 Recap
So once again, the Tigers were on the brink of the having a disastrous series to take them out of the playoff race. Once aging they avoid the sweep and go on the fight another day.
Zach Miner pitched another outstanding game, and doing a great job to solidly the 5 spot in the rotation. However, the biggest news of the day revolved around the bullpen. Todd Jones is out, Fernando Rodney is in as closer. Out and about this late afternoon, I missed Rodney's somewhat shaky debut. That is probably for the best. After this weekend's highs and lows, I don't think my heart could have taken another nail-biter. Still Jones might be needed to pitch in a tight situation tomorrow, as Rodney threw 40+ pitches and Zumaya left the game with a triceps strain. Though with the way Cleveland's pitching, and the way the Venezuelan M & M (Maggs & Miggy) boys are hitting...there might not be a save situation in the next four games.
Those next four games have added importance. Every game they win in Cleveland will catch them up with either Chicago or Minnesota who have a 4 game series of their own in the Metrodome. A 4 game sweep isn't necessarily needed, but the Tigers almost certainly will need to take 3 of 4 to stay on contention.
Tigers 6 White Sox 4
W: Miner (5-3)
L: Vasquez (7-9)
W - L
53 - 51
3rd Place AL Central (6.5 GB Chicago)