Bacsik blanks Tigers 8-0

Mike Bacsik isn't exactly a household name - but if he pitches like he did on Wednesday night, he soon will be. In his first start as a Texas Ranger, Bacsik shuout the Tigers while Jason Johnson wasn't nearly as successful against the powerful Texas lineup.

Jason Johnson, much like Nate Robertson the night before, didn't have his best stuff - and the Texas Rangers are too good of a team to allow someone to beat them with just average stuff.

For the game, Johnson made it 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts - Johnson took the loss to fall to 8-9 on the year.

Mike Bacsik on the other hand certainly brought his 'A' game in his first start as a Ranger. Bacsik pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball, giving up just 4 hits and only allowing 1 threat by the Tigers. Bacsik also walked none and struck out 4.

In relief for the Tigers, they used both John Ennis and Roberto Novoa, the two newest additions to the bullpen. Ennis didn't have a great start, giving up 3 more runs in 1 1/3 innings. Novoa however was solid, giving up just 1 hit with no runs in 1 2/3 innings. Novoa will get a long, hard look over the next 2 months, as the Tigers evaluate whether or not he can be relied upon as a possible middle reliever for 2005.

At the plate, the Tigers didn't have much to talk about. Alex Sanchez went 2-for-4 including a double, but there was little else of note. It was just the 2nd game this season in which the Tigers have been shut out.

The Rangers got run support from all over the lineup. CF Laynce Nix, hitting 8th, went 3-for-3 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. LF David Delucci also played well, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. The double play combo, Eric Young and Alfonso Soriano, also each had a pair of hits each.

The Tigers will try and salvage a game out of the series on Thursday afternoon when Wilfredo Ledezma takes on Ryan Drese at 1:05pm at Comerica Park.

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