For some reason, I never even considered that the Tigers might lose two to the White Sox today but they got swept 5-3 and 8-7. In game one, Javier Vazquez held them to 3 runs on 4 hits in 8 innings and out pitched Bonderman for the victory. Bonderman managed to get through 7 innings but was not too sharp today. He allowed 5 run on 8 hits including an uncharacteristic 2 home runs to Paul Konerko and Josh Fields. Curtis Granderson led the Tigers lackluster attack with a double and a homer in 4 trips. Ivan Rodriguez added his 9th homer.
In game 2, the Tigers built up a 7-1 lead by the 6th inning thanks to the play of 4 rookies. Virgil Vazquez pitched 5 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits including a couple of solo homers. The second one knocked him out in the 6th inning. he was supported by Mike Hessman, Mike Rabelo and Ryan Raburn who combined for 6 hits on the night - 3 for Rabelo, 2 for Raburn and a booming home run by Hessman. Vazquez was not helped by relievers Macay McBride, Chad Durbin and Zach Miner who allowed 6 runs in 3 innings. The biggest blows were a 3 run homer by Jim Thome in the 6th and an RBI single by Podsednik in the 8th. The winning run scored on an error by Carlos Guillen in the 8th.
The good news is that the Indians lost to the Red Sox 1-0 today and are still 1 1/2 behind the Tigers. The Tigers will attempt to even up the series tomorrow night when Kenny Rogers faces Jose Contreras.