Mariners 3, Tigers 2 (box score)
- Brad Penny gave the ball club a pretty good start — 7.0 IP with only three runs allowed — but the bats didn’t back him up. The Tigers could only manage five hits and two runs, both of which came on a Victor Martinez home run.
- The bullpen was also great for the Tigers. Charlie Furbush pitched a perfect eighth inning, and when he allowed a double to the leadoff batter in the top of the ninth, Al Alburquerque entered the game and made sure the runner stayed put.
- Al Al now has 37 strikeouts on the year. That’s one fewer than Rick Porcello and one more than Brad Penny.
- There was simply nothing cooking for the Tigers offense tonight. Besides the Victor Martinez home run, the Tigers didn’t ever really threaten to score. They only had three at-bats with runners in scoring position, and two of those came with two outs in the inning.
- Magglio Ordonez homered today in his rehab with Toledo, but I’m not holding my breath that he’s “back”. A slugging Ordonez would be a huge boost to the club, but I think the return of Singlio is about the best we can hope for. Still, Singlio with a nice OBP would do wonders in front of Miguel Cabrera.
- The loss means the Tigers will have to put off claiming a share of the division lead for at least another day. The Indians currently trail the Yankees 11-2, so it looks as if Detroit will remain one game back in the standings.