The Tigers lost a really sloppy game 9-6 to the Rangers tonight. It was a poorly played game and not much fun to write up but here are some thoughts:
The good news was that Robertson came back with a solid performance allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks to go with 4 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He left with a 3-0 lead and two on base. Hopefully, this game is an indication that the two week rest cured whatever was ailing him.
The bullpen which had seemed to be straightening out a bit lately was awful tonight. Jason Grilli and Tim Byrdak allowed 5 runs on 3 hits in the 7th inning to put the Tigers down 6-3. After the Tigers came back to tie it in the 8th, Todd Jones gave it right back in the 9th. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in a non-save situation.
The defense did not help tonight. Errors by Brandon Inge and Craig Monroe and a missed opportunity to throw out a runner by Mike Rabelo fueled the 5 run 7th. Magglio Ordonez then turned a single into a triple with a misplay in the 9th.
The 3 run 8th inning rally by the Tigers was highlighted by a 2 run single by Sean Casey. Casey was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI on the night and is now hitting .297 after his abysmal start. He is batting .351 in May and June.
Curtis Granderson went 2 for 4 with with a homer and a stolen base. He now has 22 doubles, 14 triples and 10 homers. This puts him on a pace for 20+, 20+ triples and 20+ homers, a feat that has only been accomplished 5 times in the history of the game, most recently by George Brett in 1979. Obviously, the most difficult part of this troika is the triples.
The Tigers now play two consecutive mid-week day games as they try to salvage a split of the series. Tomorrow, it will be Kenny Rogers versus Kevin Millwood at 1:05.