Last season, Mike Maroth got 9 wins, and 21 losses. 2004 has been a bit different, as he eclipsed his win total on Tuesday (with still 6 weeks left in the season), all with just one-third the losses he amassed in 2003.
Maroth's outing wasn't great, but good enough to get the Tigers a win. Maroth went 5 1/3 innings, with 5 runs allowed (just 3 earned though). Gary Knotts, Al Levine and Esteban Yan bridged the gap, and Ugueth Urbina came on and pitched a perfect 9th for his 21st save.
Maroth wasn't great, but certainly wasn't great. Chicago starter Freddy Garcia on the other hand, was just plain bad. Garcia gave up 9 runs in 4 1/3 innings, including giving up 4 Home Runs to the Tigers. With the loss, Garcia fell to 10-10 on the year.
It was Bobby Higginson's day at the plate, where he had possibly his best game in years. Higginson went 3-for3 with 2 Home Runs, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a stolen base. Omar Infante, Carlos Guillen and Dmitri Young also each had Home Runs. Ivan Rodriguez, who has been in a tough stretch as of late, had a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a run.
The White Sox also scored plenty of runs; just not as many as Detroit. Aaron Rowand went 3-for-5 with 2 runs at the top of the order, while Ben Davis and Joe Borchard each had a Home Run. Carlos Lee also had a 2-run double for the White Sox.
The Tigers are now at 8 games under .500, continuing to maintain their inconsistent pace of pushing .500 before falling back again. It appears the Tigers could be poised to make another push at the mark, and it will all start on Wednesday night at 8:05pm. Jeremy Bonderman will face Jose Contreras.