Tigers 11, A’s 7
20-16, 1st in AL Central (1.0 GU on KC)
(Photo courtesy of Duane Burleson/AP)
- A big thanks should go out to Ramon Santiago for turning a potentially awful day at the park into a win for the Tiggers. Santiago went 4-4 on the day, hitting for two singles, a triple and a HR, and collecting four RBI’s. He jump started the Tigers offense with the triple in the second, and then poured it on with the three-run homer in the third.
- If there is a polar opposite performance to Santiago’s, then it has to be Armando Galarraga. The “Little Cat” gacked up his third hairball in a row with this start, this one being the worst of all. Galarraga lasted all of 41 pitches, which got him through 2/3 of an inning, while giving up five runs. With the word on the street that Jeremy Bonderman could end up taking Armando’s spot in the rotation when he returns from a blood clot in his shoulder, with Galarraga potentially getting shelved on the DL since there is no room in the bullpen for him.
- The bullpen deserves some credit in bailing out Galarraga, depite Zach Miner coming in and going 4.1 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits, with six strikeouts. Rather, it would be the combination of Luke French, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney saving the day, throwing four scoreless innings and allowing only one hit combined.
The Tigers get a day to rest up before tangling with the Rangers tomorrow night.
Probable starters for 5/19:
- Tigers – Dontrelle Willis (0-0, 7.71 ERA, 0 SO)
- Rangers – Brandon McCarthy (3-1, 5.92 ERA, 29 SO)