The Tigers were cruising through their first four games, playing with an energy no one had seen from the team in many, many years. However, that all came to a screeching halt this afternoon at Comerica Park as Brad Radke burst the Tiger bubble and handed the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Jason Johnson, who was excellent in the season opener against Toronto, had an outing he'd like to forget, giving up 6 earned runs in only 2 and a third. While Brad Radke didn't dominate the Tigers either (5 ER in 5 IP), he did enough to keep them in the lead, and the Twins bullpen was able to hang on from there on out.
The Twins were carried offensively by leadoff man Shannon Stewart who had 3 hits, as well as backup Catcher Henry Blanco, who blasted a pair of Home Runs. For the Tigers, Craig Monroe hit a solo Home Run (his first of the year), while 3B Eric Munson had a 2-run double. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.
While the loss does give the Tigers their first of the season, energy from the club has not been lost as the Tigers are still off to their best start in nearly 20 years. No one likes to lose, but even the best in the business will fall 50 to 60 times over the course of the season. The Tigers don't expect to be at that level just yet, but fully expect to compete in a wide open AL Central.
But before they can worry about a potential division title, they'll have to worry about the Minnesota Twins. The deciding game of the series will take place tomorrow at 1:05, with LHP Mike Maroth facing off against Johan Santana.