Thames' Homer Not Enough in Defeat

Entering the eighth inning, everything was running smoothly for the Tigers. Even after losing starting pitcher Roman Colon after just 14 pitches, and only managing four hits and one run, things were going just fine. But in the eighth, the Angels batting order finally woke up, and exploded for three runs to steal the game from the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers - 67-80, 4th in AL Central
Mark Woodyard was probably anxious to make his first big league appearance, but it's likely he was hoping for different circumstances. That's because after just 14 pitchers (retiring two batters), Roman Colon was forced to leave the game with shoulder stiffness. But Woodyard came in nonetheless and made the most of his opportunity, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Of course, the lack of production from the offense was a concern, with just a run and four hits; the lone run coming from a solo home run from Marcus Thames. But then the eighth inning came, and an RBI groundout and a two run double blew the game wide open. The Tigers wouldn't be able to manage another hit, and so they fell 3-1. Nate Robertson will try and mop up the four game series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05pm when he goes up against Paul Byrd.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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