Tigers Fall in Close One, 4-3

The Tigers wrapped up a 3-game set with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon, falling to the Twins 4-3. The starting pitchers battled, but Twins starter Johan Santana ended up getting the best of the Tigers, while Minnesota Centerfielder Lew Ford has become the next Tiger killer, launching a 3-run Home Run off of Tiger starter Mike Maroth.

The first time the Tigers faced LHP Johan Santana, they did fairly well against him. Santana still didn't dominate the Tigers, but he appeared to get the better of them the second time around. In 6 innings, Santana allowed 3 earned runs while striking out 6. Opposing him, Mike Maroth also had a good outing, unfortunately just didn't get the benefit of the run support the Tigers had been producing so far this season. Maroth went 7 innings, allowing 4 earned runs while striking out 3. The win was Santana's first of the season, while Joe Nathan pitched the 9th for this 4th save.

Offensively, the Tigers were aided by new super-utility player Brandon Inge. Inge, who started behind the plate to allow Ivan Rodriguez to rest (he still was the DH), went 2-for-2 with a Home Run and a pair of RBI. Rondell White went 2-for-4 along with an RBI. And while the Tigers got on base quite a bit (10 hits and 4 walks), they too often allowed the Twins pitchers to work themselves out of jams, and couldn't come up with a key hit when they needed it.

So, the Tigers fell to the division leading Twins, but now begin a 9-game homestand, starting off with a 3-game series against the Cleveland Indians, who they just recently faced at Jacobs Field early on. Jeremy Bonderman is set to face off against Cliff Lee. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm.

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