Tigs, Phils split doubleheader

After being rained out on Tuesday night, the Tigers and Phillies played a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday to complete their 3-game series. In the opener, the Phillies proved to be too much for Detroit, despite a quality start by Mike Maroth. In the nightcap, the Tigers were able to win in extra innings, when Carlos Guillen (who else?) singled in a run that turned out to be the game winner.

Mike Maroth never held a lead, but nonetheless did not pitch poorly. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Unfortunately for Maroth, his opposition - Brett Myers - was just a litte bit better, going 7 innings with only 2 runs scored. The Phillies were also able to get 3 more runs off Tiger relievers to seal the win, dropping Maroth to 5-4 on the year.

At the plate, not much good happened offensively for Detroit. Carlos Guillen drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and Eric Munson hit a solo shot (his 8th), but not much else happened. The Phillies were led by Jason Michaels, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI.

In the second game, Gary Knotts got the start, but almost every reliever got to see some action. Knotts went 5 innings with 2 runs allowed, and following him, Jamie Walker, Steve Colyer, Esteban Yan, Craig Dingman, Ugueth Urbina and Danny Patterson all made an appearance. Urbina pitched the 9th and 10th innings to get the win, while Danny Patterson earned his second save of the year for pitching a perfect 11th. Kevin Millwood had a decent outing in getting a no-decision, pitching 6 innings with 3 earned runs.

Offensively, Carlos Guillen once again was the hero at the plate, driving in the game-winning run. Bobby Higginson had 3 hits for the Tigers, and Jason Smith had 2 hitting out of the leadoff slot. The Phillies leadoff man, Jimmy Rollins, also had a decent game, going 3-for-6 with 2 RBI.

The Tigers, who have won all three of their series' against the National League, now travel to New York for a 3-game set with the Mets. Nate Robertson goes up against Tom Glavine, first pitch is set for 7:05pm. Game 1 will be televised on WKBD UPN 50.

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