So this is what a win looks like. With the current losing streak, and my being offshore, the last Tiger win that I witnessed was May 31st. Yikes.
Speaking of yikes, Fernando Rodney damn near gave the game away. Walking the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, putting the winning run at the plate, Rodney got a pitch over the plate and tricked Rick Ankiel into hitting into the game ending double play. Maybe Ankiel was having flashbacks of his own control issues, felt sorry for Rodney and bailed him out.
Look what we have here, more than 3 runs scored! The first three batters reached base, and the Tigers plated 4 in the Top of the first. Rick Porcello struggled at times, but that 4 run cushion was all he needed to pick up his team leading 8th win.
While Rodney had an unexcellent adventure in the 9th. Bobby Seay and Brandon Lyon (really?!?) pitched great in relief. The duo combined for only 2 baserunners in the 2.1 innings the pitched, and struck out 3.
Now Prince Fielder and the NL Central leading Brewers come into Detroit fresh off a sweep of Cleveland. A sweep in which they scored 30 runs. And the first two pitchers they face are Armando Galarraga, and a AA player making his MLB Debut...oh boy.
Tigers 6 Cardinals 3
W: Porcello (8-4)
L: Pineiro (5-8)
S: Rodney (13)
W - L
35 - 31
1st Place AL Central (2 games ahead of Minnesota)