The Tigers lost 5-3 tonight and dropped the three game series at Tampa Bay 2 games to 1. Nate Robertson continued to struggle tonight failing to make it through 6 innings for his 5th straight start. In those starts he has posted a 7.01 ERA and allowed 46 hits and 6 home runs in 25 2/3 innings. Some of his problems tonight could have been related to his back which he tweaked in the second inning. It looked for a minute like he would come out of the game but he stayed in there. That, of course, would not explain the previous 4 sub-par performances.
After scoring 14 runs on 22 hits last night, the Tigers got off to a quick start with 3 runs of 5 hits in the first inning tonight. However, James Shields who is quietly putting together an excellent season for the Devil Rays settled down and allowed no runs and just 3 base runners the rest of the way.
Adding to the pain of the loss is the news of two more injuries. Brandon Inge broke his left big toe when he was hit by a pitch last night and did not play in tonight's game. Carlos Guillen had to leave today's game in the 6th inning after suffering a mild groin strain running to first on a grounder. They have been replaced in the line-up by Omar Infante and Neifi Perez. Both Inge and Guillen are day to day. If they are expected to miss a good portion of the upcoming Cleveland series, one wonders if they might make a move to get an extra infielder for that series. Ramon Santiago would be the most likely choice if that happens.