Johnson hit hard, Tigers fall 7-5

The Tigers "consistent" ace has thusfar been anything but consistent. After a pair of solid outings for the Tigers, Johnson reverted to his inconsistent self, getting hit hard by the Orioles on Friday night. The Tiger offense gave some support, but it wasn't enough to outscore the revamped Oriole offense, who received run producton from 6 different players.

One day he's on, the next he's not. Jason Johnson just can't seem to get on track, despite the Tigers bringing him in with the hope that he would provide a consistent pitcher at the top of the rotation for the Tigers. Johnson couldn't hold down the Orioles, allowing 6 runs in 4 2/3 innings before being pulled for Esteban Yan. Yan, Danny Patterson and Jamie Walker finished out the game for the Tigers (allowing only 1 run over the last 4 1/3), but the damage had already been done. Johnson leads the Tigers with 6 losses on the year.

Opposite Johnson, Eric DuBose had a decent outing for the Orioles. He certainly wasn't dominating, but he did enough to get the win, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. Jorge Julio pitched the 9th and earned his 8th save, despite allowing a run and plenty of Tiger baserunners.

Offensively, the Tigers had a few noteworthy performances. Carlos Guillen had 4 hits, and 3B Eric Munson received a shock from Manager Alan Trammell, when he not only received the start, but was placed in the cleanup spot in the order. Munson responded with 2 hits and an RBI. And one final notable; little-used Chris Shelton launched his first major league Home Run, a 2-run shot off DuBose in the 4th.

Game 2 of the series is at 7:05pm, Saturday night. Jeremy Bonderman takes on recently promoted Daniel Cabrera, who will make just his 4th major league start.

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