Rally cap doesn't strike twice, Tigers fall 7-6
the latest man hurt by the bullpen
the latest man hurt by the bullpen
Senior Editor
Posted Sep 23, 2004


On Tuesday night, the Tigers got out to a 5-run lead, only to see it evaporate at the hands of the bullpen. The bullpen again let another game get away, but this time it was the Tigers turn to rally, making a strong push in the 9th. Unfortunately, the rally wasn't enough to overcome the deficit, as the Indians took the game and the series.

Gary Knotts had a good start on Tuesday night, and Nate Robertson followed it up with a good start on Wednesday.

But, much like Knotts' start, Robertson quickly saw the bullpen squander his small 3-2 lead. Robertson pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, with 3 strikeouts.

But then Wilfredo Ledezma came on and get roughed up in the 7th, being tagged for 5 Indian runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

Due to the big outbreak in the 7th, Jake Westbrook would get the win for Cleveland. He went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs. It was his 13th win on the year.

The offense got big games from a few games, but off games from plenty more. Dmitri Young and Craig Monroe continue to lead the way in the middle of the lineup, as each had 3 hits, scoring 3 runs combined. Young also had an RBI. Carlos Pena and Bobby Higginson stepped it up in the 9th though as they led the comeback charge, each blasting Home Runs - it was Higginson's 11th, Pena's 25th. Brandon Inge also drove in 2 runs for the Tigers.

Matt Lawton, Josh Phelps and Jhonny Peralta each drove in 2 runs a piece for Cleveland.

The Tigers, still battling their way to the finish line, albeit with a banged up roster, now sits at 68-83. The team gets a much needed day off on Thursday, before heading to Baltimore for a 3-game series. Jason Johnson will go up against his former team on Friday night, facing Bruce Chen. Game time is 7:05pm.


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