Jason Johnson pitched his best game of the year, without question. He went the distance for the Tigers, giving the bullpen an extra day of rest as they head into the All Star break.
Johnson, on top of pitching a complete game shutout, also struck out a career high 11 batters. Johan Santana struck out 11 Tigers as well, and was virtually unhittable for most of the game.
The difference between the two outings? A 2-run Home Run by 3B Eric Munson in the 2nd inning. The inning had the potential to be a big one for the Tigers, but Rondell White and then Marcus Thames were thrown out on consecutive plays at the plate, looking like Santana would escape the inning without any damage.
But with a runner on and 2 outs, Munson stepped up to the plate and blasted a shot over the Right Field wall for the 2 run lead. It proved to be enough for Johnson.
The Tigers, just 3 games under .500 and tied for 3rd in the AL Central, head into the All Star break on a great streak, taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees in New York, and then taking 3 of 4 from Minnesota in the Metrodome, knocking Minnesota out of sole possession of 1st place as well.
Now a rest for the Tigers - with the exception of Ivan Rodriguez and Carlos Guillen, the 2 Tiger representatives at the All Star game. Next up for the Tigers when regular play returns will be hosting the Yankees at Comerica Park.