The Tigers reached double figures in runs for the second straight game as they crushed the Rangers 11-4 tonight. The Tigers did all their scoring in the first 4 innings as they gave starter Mike Maroth a big cushion with which to work. Curtis Granderson led off the game with a triple and scored the first run. After the Rangers tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, Brandon Inge had a two run double in the second to make it 3-1. They broke the game wide open in the 3rd when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs. Gary Sheffield led off the inning with his team leading 16th homer of the year. Later in the inning Granderson had another triple, this one driving home two runs. They added 2 more runs in the 4th and cruised from there.
Mike Maroth struggled again tonight allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings. Recently recalled Aquilino Lopez and Yorman Bazardo both pitched in relief. Lopez allowed 1 walk and 1 single in 2 scoreless innings. Bazardo allowed 1 hit (a homer by Mark Teixeira) and 1 run and struck out 3 in 2 innings. In case you missed it, they were added to the roster yesterday when Nate Robertson (tired arm) and Zach Miner (tendonitis in right elbow) were placed on the disabled list. One of Lopez or Bazardo will return to Toledo on Sunday when Andrew Miller is brought up to start versus the Mets.
Curtis Granderson's 2 triples tonight gave him 12 for the season, the most for a Tiger since Larry Herndon hit 13 in 1982. The all-time Tigers record for triples is 26 set by Sam Crawford in 1914. That was done in an era when triples were much more common. No Tiger has reached 20 triples since Ty Cobb did it in 1917. With over 100 games to go, 20 triples would seem to be within reasonable range for Granderson.
Next up is a three game series versus the Mets at Comerica Park. It will be Chad Durbin, Jeremy Bonderman and Andrew Miller versus Jorge Sosa, Oliver Perez and Tommy Glavine.