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.