Today did not go as planned. I was prepared to drive out to Erie, PA to see the Sea Wolves in Jerry Uht Park for the first time. However, Hurricane Danny dumped two to four inches of rain across New England and I didn't think it would be much fun driving through that for several hours. So, I figured I would stay home and watch the Tigers play the Rays on the Fox game of the week. That did not work out either as the broadcast was preempted by coverage of Ted Kennedy's wake.
I listened to the Tigers game on the radio instead and, from the sound of it, all I missed was a luckluster effort and a 3-1 loss. Rays left-hander David Price shut down the Tigers allowing just one run on five hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings. The Tigers scored their only run in the eighth inning when Magglio Ordonez singled home Adam Everett. Curtis Granderson nearly tied the game with a home run in the same inning but Gabe Gross caught his long drive to right at the wall.
The Tigers got some pretty good pitching from unexpected sources. Nate Robertson made his first start of the year and allowed two runs, one earned, in four innings of work. The bespectaled left-hander allowed four hits and a walk and struck out four. Zach Miner followed with three scoreless innings and Ryan Perry worked two innings giving up one unearned run. both unearned runs against Tigers pitchers were due to errors by Adam Everett whose fielding this year has not been good enough to offset his .617 OPS.
On a positive note, the White Sox were shelled 10-0 by the Yankees and remain five games back. We now need to root for the Rangers to stop the hard charging Twins who are four games out going into tonight's game.