It looked like it might be a tough day against Halladay when the Tigers burned through 6 outs on only 14 pitches. Halladay went on to pitch an eight shut out. The only time the Tigers threatened was in the 5th inning. Trailing 3-0 they managed to load the bases before Brandon Inge, filling in for the resting Rodgriguez grounded into a double play to end the inning. Should Trammell have pinch hit Rodriguez at that point? Probably. But given that the Jays scored 11 runs in the game, I doubt it would have made much of a difference. And just to illustrate how much of a “threat” that inning was, Halladay still managed to get out of the inning in only 15 pitches.
Jason Johnson had to leave another game early due to blister problems. He pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs before giving way to Gary Knotts. Trammell has said that the 5th starting spot doesn’t belong to Robertson yet, and that Knotts still may have opportunities. However, after yesterday’s outing in which Knotts allowed 5 runs and 5 walks in two and a third innings, Robertson has to feel better about his chances.
-Greg Norton is on a roll. After finally not making an out on Wednesday night (he walked), he picked up his first hit on Thursday
-Chris Shelton finally saw his first game action. Nothing like making your debut against a Cy Young winner who’s pitching a hell of a game. He’s now 0-2 with a GIDP.
-In five innings the bullpen walked eight batters
-And the Tigers are no longer the most exciting story in baseball. I think that goes to Florida who in 9 games have only given up 13 runs.