Welcome back to Detroit UP! All Night, where we show the perks of being a night owl.
First pitch was after 11 pm local time due to a series of nasty thunderstorms that got everyone all wet. For the first five innings, the score bounced as much as me during high school track and field. 2-spots in the first, third, and fourth innings for Detroit were matched by six runs by the Yankees after five innings, including the three-run fifth that finally chased Andrew Miller, who was clearly up past his bedtime. Poor baby; come sit next to Mama.
On the other hand, old man Clemens didn’t last much longer. The Big Tilde wiggled his bat for a two-run homer to give the Tigers that first-inning lead. He apparently works best in the middle of the night; that’s why he had four hits in six at-bats and was on base in the 11th (!) inning when Carlos Guillen ended the game with the last call, a three-run homer to win it at 3:30 am ET.
Cleveland’s quiet 2-1 loss in Kansas City leave the Tigers only 1.5 games out of first place. Good luck, kitties.
The Big Tilde’s day: 4-6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R,
Season to date: .357/.429/.605, 25 HR, 115 RBI