The Tigers came up with a big win on getaway day in Minneapolis this afternoon. As expected, there were some frustrations along the way this weekend but the goal going in to the series had to be getting at least 1 win, and that’s what the Tigers got with a 6-2 win today. The game was Detroit’s final game ever in the Metrodome and I think it’s safe to say not one person associated with Tigers baseball will miss that beheamoth. The win stretches the Tigers lead in the Central back to 3 games.
Nate Robertson pitched 5 solid innings for Detroit, keeping his team in the game long enough so that he was able to come away with his 2nd win of the year. Nate gave up 5 hits and 3 walks to go along with 2 earned runs but he was backed up by 6 big strikeouts. He looked comfortable on the mound most of the day and probably netted the biggest win of the year for the Tigers. A loss would have dropped the lead in the Central to just 1 game. Much credit must go to the bullpen in this one as well.
Zach Miner pitched the 6th and 7th in scoreless fashion and was followed up by Bobby Seay in the 8th and Fernando Rodney in the 9th. 4 scoreless innings of relief is something the Tigers pen hasn’t done in a while. Hopefully they can get back to pitching solid baseball at the end of the game once again as the season’s final days set in.
The Tigers used a 3-run 5th inning to take a lead they would not surrender. Placido Polanco had his 2nd big day in a row and delivered the big hit with a 2-run single in the 5th. Magglio Ordonez would later single Polanco home for a 4-2 lead. Ryan Raburn hit his 13th homer of the year in the 8th and then Polanco knocked in his 3rd run of the day with a sac fly to right for the final margin of victory.
Polanco, Ordonez, Gerald Laird and Ramon Santiago had 2 hits apiece to pace the Tigers’ offensive attack.
The Tigers’ 9-game road trip is only 1/3 over as the team now travels to Cleveland for a 3-game set. The upcoming series would fall under the “must win” category as Detroit takes on a weaker Cleveland club who is merely playing for the future. 2 weeks ago, the Tigers swept Cleveland at Comerica Park. The series will kick off at 7:05 eastern on Tuesday night with Edwin Jackson and Aaron Laffey toeing the rubber.