It's beginning to come around why the Baltimore Orioles had reservations about keeping Jason Johnson when he became arbitration eligible this past winter. One game Johnson will be lights out, the next he makes you wonder whether or not he's a major league pitcher. Wednesday night we saw the latter Johnson, as he went 5 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits while striking out 1. Jamie Walker and Ugueth Urbina pitched the final 3 innings for the Tigers, all scoreless, unfortunately, the damage had already been done.
Kelvim Escobar pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Angels, before being ejected for arguing strike calls on Bobby Higginson. After a pair of questionable calls, Higginson lined a 2-run single to the gap. However, even after losing Escobar, the bullpen picked up where he left off, and didn't allow another Tiger run.
Offensively, Rondell White hit his 7th home run of the season. As mentioned previously, Higginson also had 2 RBI on 2-out single in the 6th. For the Angels, Jose Guillen and Troy Glaus continue to pound the Tigers, each launching a Home Run off Johnson.
The Tigers now fall 2 games below .500 at 13-15, while the Tigers have been a big boost to the Angels record, as they are now 18-10. The Tigers have Thursday off before starting a 3-game set against the upstart Rangers. Jeremy Bonderman is set to face Joaquin Benoit. Game time is 8:05pm.