How do you take an 8-0 lead and a no-hitter through 7.1 and turn it into a nail biter? Turn it over to the Tigers bullpen.
With Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny designated for assignment earlier in the day, it was Alex Wilson’s and Bruce Rondon’s turn to pitch the eighth. They performed slightly better than Joba did on Wednesday night against the Pirates.
Houston, we have a problem. Did I mention Miggy is on the 15 day DL?
I really feel bad for Anibal. He’s final line looks pedestrian after not allowing a Blue Jay hit for seven and a third. To add insult to injury, his no-no was broken up by a former teammate whose base hit in the eighth equaled his hit total with the Tigers all of last season.
I have to give BA credit for trying out a new lineup. For one day it looked pretty good but now with Miggy hurt all bets are off.
Side note: I heard Rod Allen on MLB radio yesterday. It is no secret I really like Rod. I’ve often said that the best part of the 2003 season was Rod Allen coming to the Tigers broadcast. Anyway, he was asked who the Tigers MVP is. He said that hands down it is Jose Miguel Cabrera. He said J.D. should be an All-Star but everything runs through Miggy. I agree with him and that’s why I think this injury just about puts to rest any idea the Tigers had of competing for a playoff spot this season.