The Aubrey Huff era began tonight with probably the Tigers best line-up of the season in terms of both talent and structure. The addition of Carlos Guillen, Alex Avila and Aubrey Huff the last few weeks makes the line-up look a lot better. Guillen was moved into the third spot which makes a lot more sense than Clete Thomas, Donald Kelly and other names that have appeared there this year. Huff batted third and the rest of the line-up is shown below:
The new order scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th to overcome a 3-1 deficit as the Tigers beat the Mariners 5-3. The big blows were a leadoff homer to left by Avila and a two run single by Miguel Cabrera. They were also helped by a Jose Lopez error and an improbable double steal of second and home by Cabrera and Ryan Raburn.
Young Rick Porcello was matched up against King Felix Hernandez and the rookie looked as strong as he has looked all year for 5 1/3 innings. He struckout 8 and allowed just one hit before allowing a homer to shortstop Josh Wilson on a 0-2 count. He left with the bases loaded and two outs. Ryan Perry was also strong getting the final out of the 6th and striking out the side in the seventh.
The ninth was a bit scary with Fernando Rodney putting runners at second and third with one out. He finally got out of it striking out Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez to end the game. The final out was an excruciating 12 pitch at bat with Ken Giffey on deck and fans chanting: "Rodney ! Rodney!" in the background. It was a very entertaining game.