Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Well there you are Dontrelle Willis of 2005, we've been looking for you. No runs, one hit, two walks, and 5 strikeouts. I was not expecting this kind of performance from the DTrain, especially with the hot hitting Rangers coming into town. I guess the CoPa has some sort of kryptonite that neutralizes Rangers bats.
While Dontrelle (deservedly so) will get all the attention, let's not forget the bullpen was the opposite of what it was his last start. Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon, Joel Zumaya, and Fernando Rodney closed out the remaining 2.2 innings, without allowing anyone to reach base.
Everyone in the line-up had a hit except DH Jeff Larish, who still contributed and RBI via sac fly. Of those 10 hits, only 2 were for extra bases with Miguel Cabrera and The Natural Ramon Santiago both having a double a piece. It's hard to complain about 9 left on base when a 2 out RBI single in the first is all that was needed for the victory.
Tigers 4 Rangers 0
W: Willis (1-0)
L: McCarthy (3-2)
W - L
21 - 16
1st Place AL Central (1.5 ahead of KC)