The Tigers must have left their bats at home, as they busted out 9 runs on 11 hits. Unfortunately the pitching must have missed a connecting flight from New York, as Seattle made it close scoring 7 of their own.
The big shot of the game was the Magglio Ordonez grand slam in the first inning. That put the Tigers up 5-1. A sign of a possible turn around for Maggs? I'd be a little more convinced if the next two times he put the ball in play, it would leave the infield. The rest of the team hit well, with only Marcus Thames and Adam Everett held hitless. Good news, Miguel Cabrera was 3 for 3, had a Home Run and was inches away from a 2nd on his double in the 8th. Bad News, that solo shot was only Cabrera's 5th RBI in July.
As for the 16 day layoff for Rick Porcello, it didn't seem to help that much. He did strikeout 4, but allowed 5 runs for the 3rd straight start. As for the bullpen, the mistakes they made ended up over the wall. Fortunately no one was on base when these mistakes happened.
Maggs slam was the first of seven home runs to leave the field tonight. And there were a couple just hit foul, and to the warning track that could have made the total in the double digits. So the Tigers have 3 straight pitching duels in a Yankee Stadium that's been a launching pad all year. The AL leader in ERA comes into town and its a slugfest...yeah that makes perfect sense for the 2009 season
Good luck running up the score tomorrow vs. Felix Hernandez. Felix has struck out 58 and allowed only 11 runs in his past eight starts...no pressure Armando
Tigers 9 Mariners 7
W: Porcello (9-6)
L: Olson (3-4)
S: Rodney (20)
W - L
49 - 42
1st Place AL Central (2 games ahead of Chicago)