It was a little wild. It was a lot of crazy. But, the Detroit Tigers were able to pull it out last night. The two first place teams battled, and for a while it looked as though their 10 run lead was going to slip away. It didn’t.
The Tigers were up 10-0, going into the bottom of the sixth. A long top half seemed to disrupt Justin Verlander’s flow. He was touched up for four runs. Verlander went 5 and 2/3 innings, but still picked up his 14th win. Bobby Seay finished the inning.
Brandon Lyon, who replaced Seay, gave up a three-run homer to Bobby Abreu in the eighth. That was all of the scoring that the Angels were going to do. Fernando Rodney finished off the ninth in a beautiful 1-2-3 fashion.
The final score was 10-7.
Despite the win, it seemed as though most people wanted to talk about a small exchange between Verlander and catcher Gerald Laird. I’m not sure what it was about. Apparently ESPN made more of an issue of it than FSTigers. I left the room for a moment while Verlander was pulled from the game. While he was in the dugout, he and Laird exchanged words.
Afterward, Verlander said,
“It’s one of those things that’s in the heat of the battle,” Verlander said. “It wasn’t going well. He’s fired up. I’m fired up. It’s nothing… I said something he didn’t like. He said something I didn’t like. It’s whatever. It’s not a big deal. It’s the heat of the game. We need to win every game we can the way things are going. That’s going to happen over the course of the season. There’s nothing even really to talk about. Me and him are fine. It’s nothing.”
I suppose that some people are always looking for a good fight, but I don’t believe that they should look here. The one thing we don’t hear about is the politics that go on behind the scenes. That’s the way I like it. It is distracting to the game. If there are issues, let them deal with them behind the closed door of the clubhouse. I’m sure that’s what they will do.
One final water-cooler conversation was about Brandon Inge, and his new forearm tattoo’s. According to MLB Fanhouse, one arm says “Chase,” and the other says, “Tyler,” the names of his sons.
“This guy does tattoos for a lot of major league players and drew them up for me the last time we were in town,” Inge said. “He said to sit on it and think about it, and I just loved it the more I looked at it. It’s a real unique cursive style. My wife loves it, and it’s for my two boys. I’m very happy about it. The stereotype about tattoos drives me nuts, but don’t judge me by this. These are very special to me.”
If you missed them last night, you can find a picture of the tat’s here on Detroit 4 Lyfe.
The second game with the Angels is tonight. Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 3.18 ERA)is pitching for Detroit. John Lackey (8-6, 4.00 ERA) will get the nod for Los Angeles.