Monday, July 23, 2007

Tigers Take Opener from White Sox

The Tigers won the opener of their five game series versus the White Sox 9-6 behind the big bat of Curtis Granderson tonight. It's late so I'll just post some quick notes:

Curtis Granderson went 3 for 3 with a single, double, home run, walk and 4 RBI versus left-hander Mark Buerhlre. His double likely would have been a 3 run triple but it bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. Granderson slumped badly last summer but this year does not look like a repeat as he is batting .367 this month.

Andrew Miller was very wild allowing 5 runs on 10 hits and 5 walks in just 4 1/3 innings. He also threw 111 pitches and was over throwing badly in the 5th inning. His last 2 pitches sailed all the way to the backstop. I think Jim Leyland may have left him in a couple of batters too long but he was probably hoping to get him through 5 with the double header coming up tomorrow.

Mike Hessman got his first start right away and had 2 singles including a 2 run blooper to right in the 7th which put them ahead 7-6.

Other than some wildness by Jason Grilli, the bullpen was pretty solid allowing 1 run on one hit and 3 walks over 4 1/3 innings. Macay McBride, Bobby Seay, Zach Miner and Todd Jones all contributed.

Tomorrow, it will be Jeremy Bonderman and Virgil Vazquez (who will be called up from Toledo tomorrow) versus Javier Vazquez and Gavin Floyd.

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