Pitching Falters, Angels Roll 10-4

In the series opener, the Tiger pitchers simply couldn't slow down Angel hitters, despite the extremely cold weather. Nate Cornejo had yet another unimpressive outing for the Tigers, while John Lackey started to turn his season around with a very solid start for the Angels.

Nate Cornejo led Tiger starters in ERA last year, but at this rate, he won't survive the entire season. On Tuesday night, Cornejo went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) while seeing the Angels consistently get on base. It was Cornejo's 4th poor start, and at this rate, the Tigers can't be expected to put up with Cornejo's production much longer.

However, despite Cornejo allowing the Angels to build an early lead, the offense didn't relent. The offense looked anemic up until the bottom of the 7th, when the Tigers got within 1 via the bat of Brandon Inge. The Angels started the inning up 5-0, but after a double by Carlos Guillen and a pair of walks, Inge stepped up to the plate and sent another one to the seats with the bases loaded.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the effort was wasted as the bullpen couldn't hold on. In the very next inning, RHP Esteban Yan allowed another pair of runs, being relieved by Al Levine, who went on to allow three more runs. This time, the offense couldn't recover.

Inge, with his Grand Slam, was the lone offensive star of the game. The Home Run was his 3rd, while he added another 4 RBI to his total. The Angels on the other hand had plenty of offensive studs, with 1B Darin Erstad having a pair of hits with 3 RBI, while 3B Troy Glaus finished the game a Home Run short of the cycle, also driving in 2 runs.

The two teams face off again on Wednesday night, as new Angels ace Bartolo Colon facing off against lefty Mike Maroth. The game is currently not scheduled for TV. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

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