The Tigers lost game 2 of the big series 9-5 tonight. They took a 4-2 lead in the 5th inning when 4 straight hits led to 2 runs. It was all down hill from there though. After two fine starts against the Angels and Yankees, Ledezma did not have it tonight. He allowed 2 runs in the 2nd on 4 straight singles after 2 were out. He allowed 3 more runs in the 5th and left after 4 1/3 innings.
It was still 5-4 in the 6th but then the Tigers had one of those Metrodome innings. After retiring the first 2 batters, Andrew Miller walked the bases loaded. He was replaced my Zach Miner and things got really ugly at that point. An infield hit, an error by Inge and a chopper down the first base line led to 4 Twins runs to break the game open.
The lead over the Twins is back down to 4. The 2nd place White Sox are 5 games out pending the result of their game with the Indians. The Indians scored 3 runs as I've been typing this (or at least since the last time I checked) to take a 6-5 lead in the 9th. So, if the Indians can hang on to the lead, the White Sox would fall to 5 1/2 games back. So let's all root for the Indians.......And now The White Sox just won it in the bottom of the 9th on a walk off homer by AJ Pierzinski. Oh well.
Carlos Guillen returned to the line-up as the shortstop today and went 1 for 3 with a walk. He did made a weak throw to first in the 6th inning which bounced 3 times on the turf and allowed Torii Hunter to reach safely. It seems like he he did not plant himself well perhaps because of the hamstring. problem. Still, it's great to see him back in the line-up and Neifi Perez out of the line-up. Omar Infante played second and continued his hot hitting with a 2 for 4 night.
Mike Maroth pitched for the first time since May 25 and pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. With Ledezma's poor performance tonight, I would think there is a possibility that Maroth might get the start the next time around.