Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rock Solid Recrap: No sweep for us

That's okay. Justin Verlander vs. Aaron Cook? Nine times out of ten that's not going to go your way. The important thing is they took care of business in the first two games, took the series, and should leave town feeling pretty good about themselves.

Tigers 9, Rockies 1 (boxscore)

Aaron Cook: Pretty standard Cook day when you think about it. Which I'll actually take against Detroit. 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. It may not look pretty, but it matches up well with Ubaldo's line and better than Jason Hammel's. The difference was his margin for error was zero. We knew that going in, so that made every hit and run allowed a little more frustrating than the one before or any hits allowed by Ubaldo or Hammel.

7th inning: Ouch. Rough day for Rex Brothers' ERA. Rough day for Rex Brothers period. Spiked on the arm covering home plate? I've been spiked on the ankle a time or two. But **** that would hurt to take one on the forearm. Thankfully it was his non-throwing arm, but he was still forced to leave due to bleeding. The wound took four stitches to close up. Did I mention ouch?

Also, Seth Smith... Well, that was embarrassing. Jim Tracy should consider benching him for three weeks. Oh... he was already considering that.

Offense: Ty Wigginton continued his strong week with his 7th home run of the season. That's the extent of it against the likely American League starter in the All-Star Game, who went the distance for the second straight start. Much easier to deal with than Joe Saunders or Tim Stauffer shutting you down.

Overall: A 6-4 home stand is perfectly acceptable. One more win in the Los Angeles would have been perfect, but 5-5 would have been annoying, so 6-4 is good. Plus they finished it strong winning four of the last five.

Now, on this road trip they would be well served to win the series in Cleveland and then try to find a way to win two games out four between New York and the one-day series in Chicago.