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It's A Longer Way To The Top

August 21 at Detroit


How was the trophy defended today?
It Wasn't

Short Take:  Verlander adjusts to Sox, Tigers adjust to Contreras as the Tigers take the first of this four game series.

We've all heard the talk.

"Verlander can't beat us."

"Verlander has sucked his past two outings."

"The Tigers are in a slump."

"The Sox own the Tigers." And so on...

For anyone that believes the numbers will always predict the story, look to tonights game for proof that they don't. The Sox embarked on maybe the biggest seven games so far this year tonight and took Tigers' starter Justin Verlander's 0-3 record against the Sox and his 9.88ERA against the Sox and made it fall like Ford's profits in tonight's opening 7-1 loss to the first place Tigers.

It didn't start out all doom and gloom for our Sox. Jermaine Dye hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the World Champs a quick 1-0 lead. The solo shot was Dye's 34th home run which is a new career high for JD.

But the Tigers struck back right away in their half of the second. Jose Contreras hit lead off hitter Magglio Ordonez with a pitch and next batter Carlos Guillen hit a long single off the wall in the right field to put Jose in a jam with runners on the corners. Ivan Rodriguez then singled scoring Ordonez tying the game at one. New Tiger Sean Casey followed that up with his own RBI single to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage. Contreras was able to get out of the second only giving up the two runs by getting ex-Cub Neifi Perez to fly out and getting Brandon Inge to ground into a double play.

Again in the fifth, Jose hit the lead off hitter. This time Brandon Inge got a ball on the leg and then Jose threw a major mistake to Craig "backpeddle" Monroe in which he deposited to the left field seats for a two run home run giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead. The Tigers added three more in the sixth on a Sean Casey two run double which chased Contreras out of the game. Matt Thorton came in promtly gave up a single up the middle to Brandon Inge making it 7-1 Tigers.

While Contreras looked just as bad as he did against the Royals last week going 5+ innings giving up eight hits and seven earned runs, his counter part Justin Verlander looked like the pitcher we haven't seen all season. The 7-1 loss puts the Sox record at 73-51 which isn't anywhere near bad but, the Tigers lead in the AL Central ups to now 6.5 games. To make matters worse, with the Twins having the night off, the Sox AL Wild Card lead drops to just a half game. Ouch.

Tomorrow, yes, the sun will rise, and Mark Buehrle will take the ball for the Sox going against Kenny Rogers for the Tigers. Gametime is at 6:05pm and televised on WCIU.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 The Tigers proved baseball is a game of adjustments, the Sox didn't make any.


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