Like clockwork, the Tigers follow-up an embarrassing loss with a offensive outburst. Everyone in the line-up had at least one hit, and the team as a whole hit 14.
The surprise is that most of the damage came from the 7-8-9 hitters. Gary Sheffield, Edgar Renteria, and Brandon Inge only combined to go 4 for 11. However, every one of those hits was for extra bases and all came with runners on base. The bottom of the order drove in 7 of the 8 runs, with the other run coming off a Miguel Cabrera solo HR.
Lately, Armando Galarraga seems to be hitting a wall the third time he faces hitters. Today was no exception. He left in the 6th after allowing the Indians to cut the lead to 3. Freddy Dolsi came in and got the final two outs of the inning. Joel Zumaya's arm seems to be fine as he threw 25 pitches in 1.2 innings of work. Looking at the play-by-play of the 8th inning, maybe it was one inning too long.
Closing out the game, Fernando Rodney found a way to give up a run without allowing a hit. He walked Grady Sizemore, who then took second base unchallenged. A deep fly-out go him to third. Then Fernando uncorked one and Grady trotted home on the wild pitch. Rodney then stuck out the batter to end the game. Not exactly Todd Jones, but not exactly Mariano Rivera either
Tomorrow looks like it could be a long for for Tigers fans. Cliff Lee vs. Nate Robertson. Why could Anthony Reyes make his Cleveland debut in this game?
Tigers 8 Indians 5
W: Galarraga (9-4)
L: Ginter (1-2)
W - L
54 - 52
3rd Place AL Central (5.5 GB Chicago)