- Final Score: Detroit 9 Chicago 0
- WP: Armando Galarraga (2-0) 6.1 innings, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K
- LP: Jose Contreras (0-2) 5.1 innings, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 K
- HR: Miguel Cabrera (4)
The Tigers dominated the Chicago White Sox today in front of a sparse crowd at Comerica Park. Armando Galarraga sparkled again as the Tigers beat up on Jose Contreras and the White Sox bullpen.
Last year when Galarraga came up with the Tigers, he had a few good appearances to start. I remember chalking it up to the fact hitters were not familiar with him and that he would eventually come back down to earth. It didn’t happen. Galarraga was consistent throughout the season and was the Tigers best pitcher last year.
Then, over the offseason, there was some talk that Galarraga was not only good in 2008 but also lucky. Galarraga had a great Batting Average on Balls in Play, which is often called luck. However, through his first two games this season he’s show that he’s got more game than that.
Galarraga had his two-seamer working today and the White Sox hitters were kept off-balance. Unfortunately, his pitch count got up a bit today and he was able to go only 6.1 innings. Galarraga is now 2-0 with an ERA of 0.67. Not a bad start for a lucky pitcher, huh?
The offense took awhile to get going, but once they got the hang of Jose Contreras in the fifth inning, the game was over. Josh Anderson and Ramon Santiago were terrific in drawing in a pair of walks against Contreras in the fifth, before they were both doubled home by Placido Polanco.
Miguel Cabrera added his fourth homer of the year and Anderson reached base in all four of his plate appearances.
The Tigers will take the day off tomorrow as they travel to Seattle to start a series with the Mariners. They are now 5-4 and 2008 is feeling more and more like a distant memory.