The Tigers scored 3 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Royals 7-5 tonight. Placido Polanco got things started in the 8th with a one out infield single. Marcus Thames then walked and Magglio Ordonez followed with a game tying double. After Carlos Guillen was intentionally walked to load the bases, Craig Monroe hit a two run single to put them ahead to stay.
Mike Maroth was not sharp tonight allowing 5 runs on 7 hits including 3 home runs and 4 walks in 5 2/3 innings. The bullpen was able to hold the Royals scoreless the rest of the way however. Bobby Seay and Todd Jones were particularly impressive pitching perfect 8th and 9th innings respectively.
Ordonez led the offense attack with a home run , a double and 2 RBI. Polanco had 3 more hits to raise his average to .361. Craig Monroe also added 2 hits.
They could have perhaps scored more runs but had rallies derailed by some suspect base running/coaching. Marcus Thames tried to stretch a double into a triple with nobody out in the 6th and was easily thrown out. Then, Guillen and Pudge Rodriguez were thrown out at home ending the 8th and 9th innings respectively. The Tigers have been running aggressively as of late which has been a good thing but they may have been overdoing it tonight.
So the Tigers won their 6th in a row but the biggest story of the night may have been an injury to Joel Zumaya. He was warming up in the bullpen in the 8th inning when all of the sudden
the trainer ran out to look at his hand. Zoom was in obvious pain. Mario Impemba and Rod Allen said that there was some kind of injury and swelling on his right hand but that's about all anyone knows right now.