The tenth inning was not the only inning that produced drama today. The Cardinals had gone ahead 2-1 in the top of ninth on a single by Albert Pujols who went 4 for 4 on his first day back from the disabled list. Gary Sheffield then tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a homer to left on a 2-2 count. The only other Tiger run scored on another bases loaded walk to Thomas in the sixth.
The win gave the Tigers their 5th consecutive series win. This includes sweeps of the White Sox and Dodgers and two of three from the Giants, Padres and Cardinals. They now host the Rockies in a three game series at Comerica starting tomorrow night.
- Curtis Granderson extended his hit streak to 14 games with a four hit day. The streak has raised Grandy's batting average from .235 to .282.
- Fernando Rodney had his second consecutive good outing retiring all five batters he faced. This included getting the last two out in the seventh with runners on first and third.
- Bobby Seay was also clutch pitching a scoreless tenth allowing just a walk.
- Michael Hollimon played shortstop in place of the resting Edgar Renteria and got his first two major league hits. He doubled in the ninth inning but was out trying to stretch it to a triple. I was listening on the radio so I didn't see it but by all accounts it took a perfect relay to get him.
- Catcher Dane Sardinha made his Tiger debut by spelling starter Pudge Rodriguez. He went 0 for 4 but he is in Detroit for his defense. He will remain with the team until Brandon Inge (strained oblique) returns from the 15 day disabled list.