Soooooooooo close to a shutout – thank you, Todd Jones Experience, for being the bigger man and allowing Toronto to score a meaningless run at the end of the game. It was a very nice thing of you to do. It has embiggened us all.
The real star of the day was, once again, rookie hurler Armando Galarraga. The “Little Cat” (I nod your way, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press, perhaps you nod ours…). The young feller went 5 1/3 with 4Ks and 4BBs, but ZERO runs allowed. His ERA after 2 starts is a mere 1.50! Bizarro Tigers Pitching! BIZARRO!! With Dontrezzey unable to hit water while standing in the ocean (and likely on the DL for another couple of weeks), The Little Cat’s continued presence will be required in the D. Rapada, Lopez, and Bautista continued pitching well in relief. Todd Jones, as noted above, was once again present.
The vast majority of the damage was done in the 4 run 2nd inning for the Tigers, with Ryan Raburn slapping a 2 run single, followed by RBI from BInge and Pudge. Pudge was the day’s big hitter, going 4 for 5 and raising his average to a hearty .271. Renteria homered in the 6th (he’s juicing right?) to complete the Tigers scoring for the day. At least until The Tildes hit the club tonight.
A six day home stretch begins tomorrow night with three games against the Rangers and three against the Angels. Tomorrow night, Justin Verlander looks to finally pick up his first win of the season against Vicente Padilla.