June 8, 2009 seems like a hundred years ago, and there have been 70 baseball games played since. The Detroit Tigers played five games against the Chicago White Sox that particular week. The Tigers took three of the five games played (there was a doubleheader played on June 8), but afterward, they have been unable to win a series, on the road. They had lost ten straight series, until now.
Last night they clinched their series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a 5-3 win. It was particularly satisfying because there were a couple of times, during the game, that it could have gotten away from them. A noteworthy play by Clete Thomas in the eighth inning, was a fly ball caught at the wall in right field. Afterward Jim Leyland joked,
“I thought Morales’ ball was gone, I was waiting for the crowd to roar, and then all of a sudden, the bench was roaring.”
It was a magnificent catch, and saved the game for the Tigers. It was a good boost for everyone’s morale. When it comes to losing on the road, earlier in the week Jim Leyland had pointed out,
“It will have to change or we won’t win anything!”
On another note, the Tigers made some changes to their roster today. They sent Armando Galarraga down to Toledo to give him 10 days to rest an inflamed elbow. In the meantime, look for the return of Nate Robertson to the rotation.
“Nate threw the ball very well,” Dave Dombrowski said. “He threw only three (called) balls through five innings. He had good command of his pitches. His slider was good and his fastball was good.”
Rick Porcello will move up, and start on Friday against Tampa Bay, and Robertson will get the nod on Saturday.
Well, as I write, the Tigers have just wrapped up their series with the Angels. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a sweep. They lost today 4-2. Edwin Jackson gets the loss. A pair of doubles from Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera, and a home run from Adam Everett (yes, that’s right), weren’t enough to get the Tigers in the win column.
It has been a good week for the Tigers. Now, it’s back home to Comerica Park to face the Tampa Bay Rays.
Let’s Go Tigers!!