It's approaching 1:00 AM so I won't comment much but the Tigers beat the Athletics 5-3 tonight to finish the month of June four games in front of both the Twins and White Sox. It was a somewhat sloppy effort by the Tigers who walked seven batters, made two errors in the field and a couple more on the bases. Fortunately, the Athletics could not take much advantage of the walks and miscues as they managed just five hits, hit into two double plays and left eight runners on base.
Armando Galarraga was not especially sharp walking six batters in 6 1/3 innings but allowed just two hits and one run. Brandon Lyon and Joel Zumaya then got the Tigers through the seventh and eighth without allowing a run. Zumaya looked at his hand several times during and after pitching so it's possible he may have a blister. I'm sure we'll find out more later today but neither Jim Leyland nor trainer Kevin Rand seemed to make a big deal out of it.
Fernando Rodney entered the ninth with a 5-1 lead and he typically made it interesting by allowing a walk, a two run homer to Mark Ellis and a single. He got out of it with an inning ending double play.
The hitting hero for the Tigers today was Placido Polanco who hit a two run homer in the first and an RBI single in the ninth. Ryan Raburn had three hits including two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.