Mariners 5 Tigers 4

It was a tough loss for the Tigers today as the bullpen, Perry, couldn’t hold a 3 run eighth inning lead, and spoiled a gem by Bonderman.

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I was hoping Lelyand would leave Bondo in for the 8th.  He threw 94 pitches, gave up one run, and
struck out 6.  Instead he opted to bring in Perry.

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Today wasn’t Rick Perry’s day, although the Mariners did hit
some good pitches. 

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Sweeny homered off of a good pitch from Perry, a low slider and  Johnson drove in two off a slow slider as well.

The Tigers finished the road trip 3-4 and head home to face the A’s.

Although he had a single today, why is Laird playing everyday?  We need to find out what Avila can do.

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Seattle 5 Tigers 3

The Tigers’ old nemesis came back to haunt them.  Unable to score runners at third base with less then two outs proved costly.

In the second inning, with runners at first and third with one out Worth got a base hit scoring one run.  Jackson followed with a doubled to plate the Tigers second run leaving runners at second and third with still one out.  Santiago then grounded to third and Damon flew out.  The inning ended with the score tied at 2.

It the third inning, with runners at first and third and one out, Inge hit the ball hard but lined into a double play ending the inning.

The Tigers left two runs that could have been scored without a hit.  Those two runs proved to be the difference.

Verlander pitched seven and third giving up 5 runs and striking out 9.

Alex Avila was 1 for 4.  I could be wrong about him but isn’t it time he plays everyday for a while?  Let him prove he can’t hit.  Laird has already proved he can’t.