Next to Mike Maroth, Nate Robertson has been the Tigers most consistent pitcher, giving the Tigers a number of good outings. Unfortunately, that streak ended Thursday afternoon as Robertson got roughed up, allowing 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Gary Knotts relieved Robertson, and stopped some of the bleeding, going 3 2/3, allowing 2 runs while striking out 6. Another strong appearance by Knotts coupled with another potential bad performance from Nate Cornejo could see Knotts make a jump into the rotation. For the Angels, lefty Jarrod Washburn had no problems, pitching 8 innings for the Halos, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits while striking out 6. Scott Shields pitched a scoreless 9th to wrap it up.
The Tigers didn't have much to talk about offensively, without any great performances. OF Rondell White received the day off, and in turn the lineup just didn't have the same production. SS Carlos Guillen went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while C Ivan Rodriguez returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with an RBI as well after a day off to rest an injured finger. For the Angels, Vladimir Guerrero was the star, going 4-for-5, including his 6th Home Run of the year.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 12-10 on the year. The Tigers continue their homestand Friday night, with the start of a 3-game set with the Seattle Mariners. Jason Johnson is set to go up against Freddy Garcia.