Tigers vs Royals Wrap-Up

The Detroit Tigers were happy to get out of Boston. Fenway Park is a
terrific place to see a ballgame, and to play, but it is the nemesis of
the Tigers. Good riddance, and…

Welcome to Comerica Park! This is where the Tigers WANT to be! They play good baseball – HERE!

After
winning his 13th game of the season on Thursday, against the Red Sox,
Justin Verlander and the Tigers headed west. They had business with the
Kansas City Royals, in Motown, on Friday night.

The first game
turned out to be a classic pitcher’s duel between Zach Greinke and
Jarrod Washburn. As you know, Washburn has struggled here since being
acquired by the Tigers. We finally had an opportunity to see him pitch
really pitch. Washburn took the game into the eighth inning, before the Royals batters were turned over to Brandon Lyon.

The
1-0 win was special, as pitcher’s duels usually are. Each starting
pitcher gave up three hits. The difference in the game was the hit that
former Tiger Roman Colon allowed; a solo home-run from Brandon Inge.

“Any
homer is fun, but hitting one to win a game is something special,” said
Inge, who came into the game hitting .188 since playing in his first
All-Star game. “I felt a little better tonight, but I feel a heck of a
lot better now. Winning a game like that will do that.”

It
was wonderful to see the Tigers team mob Inge as he crossed the plate.
After losing three of four to Boston, they needed their confidence
bolstered up – badly.

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

The
bats were alive with leftover fireworks from Friday night, as on
Saturday, the Tigers beat the Royals 10-3. Carlos Guillen homered, and
drove in four runs; Miggy had his third four-hit game of the season
(including homering in the eighth); Roman Santiago and Alex Avila added
home-runs to the 16 hit mix, and Placido Polanco doubled.

(AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the bats fell silent. Unfortunately, this has become a pattern after multi-run games.

Armando
Galarraga, who missed his previous start due to illness, turned up
strong on the mound. After walking the first batter of the ballgame, he
settled in; giving up four hits, two earned runs and striking out six.
The game was tied at two runs a-piece entering the tenth. Former Tiger,
Josh Anderson reached on a single. An error by Ryan Raburn allowed
Davis DeJesus to reach. Anderson moved to second, and eventually scored
on a throwing error from Ryan Raburn. With the Royals ahead, the Tigers
were unable to make it happen in the bottom of the inning.

They
have tonight off. Tomorrow, the Seattle Mariners are in town, and the
Tigers will face King Felix. Felix Hernandez will undoubtedly be good.
He has picked up a “W” in five straight starts against Detroit. Also,
he is hot on the road.

Rick Porcello’s suspension will end Tuesday, so he’ll get the nod for the Tigers.

The
Tigers habitually leave runners in scoring position, and still need to
find out why they fall flat at the plate, when runs are needed most.
Too often, this is the reason why they have lost games. Additionally,
finding out why they fail on the road will need to be addressed,
especially as September approaches.

But, fans can still find
solace in that the Tigers (62-55) are in first place, in the AL
Central. The Chicago White Sox are two and a half games behind.

Today, the Tigers also added to their line-up by acquiring Aubrey Huff from the Baltimore Orioles.

“I’ve been in last place basically my whole career, so this is an exciting time for me,” Huff said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

It is a great time to be a Detroit Tigers fan. Let’s go!

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