The Tigers now have their first two game winning "streak" of the season as they came back from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Twins 6-5 tonight. I did not see the game as I was up in Manchester, NH watching the Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats host the New Britain Rock Cats. Neither team belongs to the Tigers and I had no particular interest in the game but I got a chance to talk baseball with a friend who happened to be in Manchester for the day. I did hear many of the key events of the game on XM radio as I drove home.
One of the first things I heard was Nate Robertson leaving the game with an injury in the seventh inning. I started cursing at the time but I'm not sure whether it was because I happened to be lost and headed in the wrong direction on a dark highway or because of the injury. Anyway, I found out later that he left the game because of a tight lat muscle on his left side. He doesn't expect to miss a start but we'll know more later.
Robertson pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs and left trailing 4-1. The Tigers got one back in the bottom of the 6th on a solo homer by Magglio Ordonez and cut the lead to one on another solo shot by Carlos Guillen in the seventh. Meanwhile, Aquilino Lopez (one perfect inning) and Clay Rapada (two thirds of a perfect inning) kept it 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth.
For the second straight night, the Tigers then rallied to go ahead in the eighth. Placido Polanco drew a one out walk off of reliever Jesse Crain and went to third on a errant pickoff throw. Ordonez then tied the game with two out double. Miguel Cabrera followed the double by smacking a homer to left to give them a 6-4 lead.
In the ninth, it was roller coaster time as Todd Jones gave up two hits and a run but the got the save. So, it was really a lot like last night's games but with fewer runs scored. The Tigers fell behind, came back by scoring in the 6th , 7th and 8th and then Jones just barely held on to the lead