PREGAME: The Tigers kick off their last homestand of the season with a couple of rookies doing battle.
For the Royals it will be Billy Buckner making his 4th start. Buckner has as many walks has as many walks as strikeouts in games he’s started. But he also hasn’t been hit really hard in his last two.
Jair Jurrjens is coming off his best start, a 2 hitter with 6 K’s in 5 1/3 innings. Looking at his strikeout numbers overall, he’s been fairly lucky to have the results he’s had so far – that being only 13 hits allowed in 25 innings. But the results have been very impressive nonetheless.
POSTGAME: The 9 game win streak began tonight! Right! Maybe? Okay, probably not. But on a night when Sean Casey homers and gets an infield single, maybe there is some magic left in this season. Even Brandon Inge came up with the winning hit, going down and getting an 0-2 curve ball and hooking it through the hole on the left side.
Jair Jurrjens had his first rough outing, and didn’t last through the 3rd inning. Fortunately Tim Byrdak was exceptional in relief and went 4 innings allowing only a walk while fanning 5 and giving the Tigers a chance to claw back in. Fernando Rodney pitched through a runner on 3rd and 1 out situation after Marcus Thames lost a ball in the lights, and Jonesy had a fairly uneventful 9th for a routine save.