PREGAME: The Tigers will look to bounce back from another late inning collapse. They’ll send out Nate Robertson who pitched 6 innings of shut down ball spanning a rain delay his last time out.
The Padres send out Cha Seung Baek. You may remember him from a Seattle Mariner beat-down. Baek got to leave Seattle and has been starting for the Padres with decent results. He hasn’t allowed a homer in any of his 3starts, and his last 2 have been quality in nature.
Via Beck, Marcus Thames gets the night off – or at least he isn’t starting. I’d think he’s a decent bet for pinch hitting duties later on. And Brandon Inge returns to the lineup.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Guillen, 3B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Renteria, SS
- Thomas, LF
- Inge, C
- Robertson, P
Game Time 10:05
POSTGAME: This was a big win for a number of reasons. It assures a .500 road trip and gives them a chance to win the series. It keeps the team in 3rd place. The team picks up a game on White Sox. And it means the Tigers only have two more 10 pm starts this season!
- Nate was Nate. He looked dominant at times as he breezed through the lineup. He made a pretty good pitch that Michael Barrett hit out. But later he walked the pitcher which led to the tying and go ahead runs (with some help from Cabrera). The pitcher. It reminded me of Robertson’s start against the Diamondbacks where he was pitching great, took a couple big swings when batting, and then couldn’t locate the strike zone. I think Robertson needs the take sign.
- The bullpen did a good enough job. Each pitcher allowed a baserunner, but no damage. That was thanks in part to Ordonez who gunned own a runner in the 8th at home plate.
- Granderson is ripping the ball, at least for the last 2 days. One of my favorite things about watching the Tigers is seeing Granderson round first with his eyes on third. It’s a thing of beauty.
- Marcus Thames though came in to pinch hit for Granderson against a lefty. Definitely a questionable move, but not a questionable result has Marcus goes boom-diggity.
- The Tigers got their second assisted homer of the season when Magglio hit one deep to straight away center that glanced off of Jody Gerut’s glove and into the stands. It happened to Pudge earlier at Comerica Park. The Tigers are 2-0 when opposing outfielders assist balls over the fence.