Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tigers bats wake up

I'm not a big believer in managerial rants leading to success on the field but maybe this time it worked or maybe they were just due. At any rate, the offense, which came into the game last in the majors in runs scored this month, erupted for 12 runs on 17 hits including 8 extra base hits. The big hitters included the following:

Edgar Renteria - 4 for 4 with a triple, homer and 5 RBI.
Curtis Granderson - homer and a double.
Miguel Cabrera - 3 hits.
Placido Polanco - 3 hits.
Magglio Ordonez - home run and a single
Carlos Guillen - home run and a single.

The beneficiary of all the offense was Justin Verlander who has received very little offensive support this year. Verlander responded with a solid performance - one run on 4 hits and a walk plus 7 strikeouts in 6 innings.

The Tigers built up an 11-1 lead after six but the bullpen made it interesting and they had to hold on to win 12-8. It was the type of game many of us were expecting from this team coming into the year - great offense, solid starting pitching and a leaky bullpen somehow securing the victory. Hopefully, they don't follow up this win by getting shutout. They need to start hitting big on a regular basis or they are going to fall out of the race.

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