Jason Johnson seemed to have finally settled down, trying to erase his inconsistency that plagued him the first two months of the season. Unfortunately, he took a step back on Thursday, giving up 6 runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out 4 Cleveland batters.
The Tigers top of the order was swinging well, but the rest of the team couldn't carry their part. Omar Infante, Bobby Higginson and Ivan Rodriguez combined for 9 hits, and cleanup hitter Dmitri Young had a grand slam. Unfortunately, the 5 through 9 hitters could only manage one single.
The Tigers, back in 4th place and at 3 games under .500, now head to Colorado for a 3-game set with the Rockies. Jeremy Bonderman will be the first to deal with the thin air of the Rocky Mountains, as he faces Joe Kennedy. First pitch is set for 8:05pm.