Dane Sardinha was called up earlier in the week so that the Tigers would have a capable defender to back up Pudge Rodriguez while Brandon Inge recovered from a pulled oblique muscle. He wasn't expected to hit much. Today, Sardinha got his first major league hit and it was a big one. He smashed a two run triple to center field off of Rockies reliever Matt Herges to put the Tigers in front 4-3 in the sixth inning. That would be the final score.
Kenny Rogers allowed three runs in the second inning and the Padres went ahead 3-2 but Rogers settled down after that. He allowed no more runs in six innings of work before yielding to Freddy Dolsi who pitched two perfect innings. Todd Jones then recovered from last night's awful performance with a 1-2-3 ninth to get the save.
The biggest news of the day may have been the announcement that Magglio Ordonez was placed on the disabled list with a pulled oblique muscle. He has been replaced on the roster by Matt Joyce. Ordonez was not missed today as Clete Thomas played right field and went two for four. Also, Miguel Cabrera took over Magglio's clean-up spot and also had two hits.
The sweep gives the Tigers six consecutive series wins and 17 victories in their last 21 games. They now travel to Minnesota to face the equally hot Twins in the always tough Metrodome.