In the unlikeliest of outcomes, Ramon Santiago blasted a game-winning homer to right field on a 1-2 pitch from Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the tenth inning tonight. It was his fourth round tripper of the year and probably his biggest as a Tiger. The 2-1 victory allowed the Tigers keep a five game lead over the White Sox in the A,.L. Central. That assumes that Chicago hangs on to beat the Twins tonight. Otherwise, the lead would be six games. The Indians are 5 1/2 back.
Doug Fister pitched another strong game going six perfect innings before an Alex Gordon double in the seventh. Fister went 7 2/3 inning allowing one run on four hits and no walks (as usual). He now has an impressive 23/2 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings as a Tiger.
Unfortunately, Fister continues to not receive run support. In 27 starts for the Mariners and Tigers, his teammates have scored two or fewer runs 19 times. That's how a pitcher goes 6-13 with a 3.26 ERA for the season.
Magglio Ordonez came into the game batting just .205 in the last 20 games. He showed some life tonight though when he grounded a ball up the middle for a game-tying single in the eighth inning.
the Tigers now play two consecutive afternoon games versus the Royals. Rick Porcello will be on the mound tomorrow and rookie Jacob Turner will go on Thursday. Let's hope the Tigers don't do any of their weekday afternoon sleep walks this week.