They came into town boasting an undefeated record, and thanks to the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers will leave after losing three in a row in Comerica Park.
The biggest concerns about Detroit’s pitching seemed to dissolve in the clear stream of beautiful pitching performances by starter and bullpen alike.
Yesterday, Justin Verlander, notwithstanding walked batters, seemed to have found his grove, striking out eight. Verlander and the bullpen combined to allow only two hits in the 4-3 victory. Nate Robertson picked up the win, while Fernando Rodney earned the save.
Today, we saw a classic come from behind win.
Edwin Jackson had given up four runs, all of them on two homers, but kept the Tigers in the game. Then, in what may amount to on-field apology to Jackson for Tuesday night, Brandon Lyon came in and pitched perfectly for two innings.
Kevin Millwood pitched six shut out innings, before turning the game over to C J Wilson to begin the eighth inning. Once Millwood was gone, the Tigers roared back from a 4-0 deficit. Sparking a six run inning, Brandon Inge hit a solo home run, the 100th home run of his career, as the Tigers went on to claim possession of first place.
Carlos Guillen helped out with a two run double, before leaving the game with an apparent injury.
In addition to decent pitching from the rotation this week, the bullpen has pitched seven straight innings without allowing a run. So, does this mean Detroit’s pitching woes are over? I won’t go as far as to say yes, we are only seven games in, but it sure looks as though things may be starting to jell for this team.
After a terrific opening day weekend, a sweep of Texas, and wonderful weather, let’s all enjoy the thrill of being in first.
The White Sox are in town tomorrow, and as we are all know, things can change quickly.