The Tigers have had a habit this season of going up against opponents' aces and knocking them around; and Wednesday night they repeated the feat, lighting up Twins ace Brad Radke. The Tiger pitchers weren't overly impressive either, but the offense provided plenty of support to keep the Tigers in the lead throughout and give the team a much-needed 'W'.
has typically pitched very well against the Tigers, fortunately for the Tigers, this time around wasn't the same. Radke didn't seem to be the same pitcher of old, as the Tigers got 6 runs off him in the first 2 innings, before he was relieved. While the bullpen did better than Radke, they didn't do much better as the Tigers put up another 5 runs throughout the course of the game against Minnesota's pitching staff. Tiger starter Nate Cornejo
didn't have an incredible performance either, allowing 5 ER in 4 1/3. Cornejo, after an acceptable first start, has had two consecutive poor pitching performances, something the Tigers can't have from Cornejo, who they are hoping will be able to give them close to 200 innings again this season. Al Levine
ended up taking the win in relief, while Ugueth Urbina recorded his first save for the Tigers.
At the plate, the Tigers had a number of standout performers. The best performance however came from CF Alex Sanchez, who had 3 RBI in his first game back after a minor groin injury that sidelined him 2 games. C Ivan Rodriguez also had a solid game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with 2 RBI. For the Twins, CF Lew Ford had the top performance, going 3-for-5 with a Home Run.
The grudge match between these two teams takes place Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm. LHP Mike Maroth is slated to take the mound against LHP Johan Santana, who the Tigers have already faced once this year (5 IP, 3 ER).