Nate Robertson was not sharp at all tonight as he gave up single runs in each of the first 5 innings and failed to make it through the 5th. Zach Miner took over, finished the 5th and allowed 1 run in 2 1/3 innings. Fernando Rodney and Yorman Bazardo finished it off with one perfect inning each. The fielders backed the pitchers with several fine defensive plays including 2 diving catches by Timo Perez and a barehanded catch and throw by Inge that was so impressive that Rodney cracked a smile.
The big story of this game though was an offensive explosion that produced 15 hits including 7 of the extra base hit variety. The big hitters were:
- Ivan Rodriguez - 4 hits including a homer
- Timo Perez - 2 singles and a triple
- Placido Polanco - 3 hits and 4 RBI
- Curtis Granderson - a single and a triple
The victory was their 4th in a row but they were unable to gain any ground on the Yankees who toppled the Royals 11-5. So, they are still 3 behind in the wild card race. They are 4 1/2 behind the Indians in the Central pending the result of their game with the Angels tonight. The Indians are up 3-0 in the 6th at this moment. The Tigers will try for a sweep of the Mariners when Jeremy Bonderman faces Felix Hernandez tomorrow afternoon.