The Indians completed a three game sweep at Comerica Park by dropping the Tigers 5-3 last night. The Tigers outhit the Indians 9-6 but the Indians made better use of their hits. Cleveland got 4 of their hits in a 4 run first inning against Mike Maroth. Maroth settled down after that and made it through 8 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. Jim Leyland said during the game that the Tigers needed to get more innings out of their starters so at least they got that.
The Tigers had many chances to score against Fausto Carmona but they left 9 men on base. Leading the Tigers attack were Craig Monroe, Gary Sheffield and Omar Infante with 2 hits apiece. One thing we learned from this series is that the Tigers are not going to score 7 runs every night and that they will need to get more out of their depleted pitching staff.
The sweep left the Tigers in second place two and a half games behind the Indians. They start a three game series at Tampa Bay tonight at 7:10. It will be Chad Durbin, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson against Edwin Jackson, Casey Fossum and James Shields.