The Tigers 5-4 loss (box) to the Seattle Mariners comes with two welcomed facts: no more West coast trips and Miguel Cabrera will be back in his familiar clean up spot in the order.
Whenever a player of Miguel Cabrera’s caliber is out someone else must step up to fill the void. Today that man was Magglio Ordonez. Maggs finished with 3 hits, including a two run home run to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the third.
The game stayed 2-1 until the sixth when the Tigers broke through for two two-out runs. An Adam Everett double scored Danny Worth who had reached on an error by third baseman Jose Lopez. Austin Jackson compounded the damage with an RBI single to score Everett.
Jeremy Bonderman yielded just one unearned run over his seven innings while striking out six. The quality start sent Bonderman’s ERA below four.
The Seattle offense had shown few signs of life as they entered the eighth down 4-1, however this game was anything but over. Franklin Gutierrez lead off with a single and scored two batters later when Mike Sweeney homered off of Ryan Perry to cut the deficit to 4-3. With the bases cleared Perry proceeded to allow three straight hits, the biggest of which came from Josh Wilson to put the Tigers behind 5-4 and cost Jeremy Bonderman a chance at the victory he deserved.
Just like that a game that the Tigers had controlled all day was slipping away.
Jackson flied out, Damon struck out, and Raburn flied out. Game Over.
Good riddance Pacific Time Zone, welcome back Miguel Cabrera.