With the Indians trailing the Yankees 11-3 late in their game, the Tigers probably had a chance to move into a first place tie tonight. However, the Tigers were were unable to get it done losing to the Mariners 3-2. The quartet of Eric Bedard, Chris Ray, David Pauley and Brandon League held the Tigers to just five hits tonight.
It was the kind of game you would have expected from the Tigers bats earlier in the season. The way the Tigers have been hitting as of late though, you had the feeling they would eventually break loose. Victor Martinez belted a two-run homer to right field to give them a brief 2-1 lead in the fourth, but that would be it.
Other than the Martinez homer, the only highlight for the Tigers was another strong effort from a couple of young relievers. Southpaw Charlie Furbush pitched a scoreless eighth to lower his ERA to 1.72. Then the amazing Al Alburquerque picked up two more strikeouts in a scoreless ninth. The 25-year-old Dominican now has 37 k's in 20 2/3 innings. That gives him 16.1 K/ 9 IP, a rate that has never been achieved by any pitcher over a full season.
It's now going to be tough for the Tigers to win the series as they face rookie sensation Michael Pineda tomorrow night and last year's Cy Young Award winner Feliz Hernandez on Sunday. The Tigers will counter with Max Scherzer and Phil Coke.