Saturday, June 17, 2006

Tigers Pound Cubs 9-2

The Tigers beat the Cubs 9-3 today to take a 2 game lead in the weekend series. Justin Verlander apparently was not too sharp today. He gave up only one run but allowed 10 hits and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings against the weak hitting Cubs. It was only the third time this year he failed to pitch 6 innings. The game was blacked out due to the Fox game of the week but radio broadcaster Jim Price said he did not have a good curve today. His breaking stuff is tremendous when it's working but it hasn't always been there this year. A recurring blister problem has been part of that but I'm not sure if that was the case today. Verlander got some help from Wil Ledezma who entered the game in the 6th with the bases loaded and got Juan Pierre to pop up to end the inning. Ledezma wound up retiring all 4 batters he faced.

The story of this game though was the Tiger bats. The hitting star was Carlos Guillen who had a single, a double, a home run and three RBI for the day. Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez added three hits apiece. They had 14 hits as a team. The 3 hits by Polanco was a continuation of his improved hitting as of late. In his last 10 games, he has batted .326/.367/.543. This is great to see because he got off to a really slow start and they definitely need his bat.

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