It's late and I'm tired and disgusted so I'll keep this short. Tonight, the Tigers played their worst game of the post-season so far. Here are the lowlights:
Nate Robertson did not have great control after a 13 day layoff. He walked 3 and fell behind a lot of batters. As usual, he made big pitches with runners on base and held them to 2 runs in 5 innings.
Joel Zumaya had control problems and made the bonehead play of the series in the 7th. With 2 on and nobody out, the much awaited confrontation between Pujols and Zumaya was won by Zumaya....and then lost. Pujols hit a 2-0 pitch back to Zumaya for what probably would have been an easy double play if he had thrown to second. Instead, Zumaya threw to third before Brandon Inge was ready and the ball got by the third baseman for two runs. This made it 4-0 Cardinals and put the game pretty much out of reach.
Chris Carpenter was as brilliant tonight as Rogers was Monday night allowing just 3 singles and no walks in 8 innings. Of course, the Tigers helped him out by displaying very little patience at all. Carpenter threw just 82 pitches.
Curtis Granderson (0-13) , Placido Polanco (0-10) and Ivan Rodriguez (0-11) went hitless again and are now 0 for 34 for the series. Rodriguez has not had a hit in his last 6 games.
The Tigers are up against another hot pitcher tomorrow night as they face Jeff Suppan. They'll need a really good game from Jeremy Bonderman.