Verlander has coming of age party against a Cy Young winner!
Detroit Michigan people is where it happened.Â It was a beautiful night at a beautiful ballpark known as Comerica.Â The Tigers stud pitching ace and rookie Justin Verlander took his Tigers, and his career to a new level.Â Verlander is now 5-3 and he allowed six hits in eight innings. Remarkably he didn't issue a walk or have a strikeout.
Johan Santana pitched a great game but couldnâ€™t beat the rookie.Â He had come into the night with a 4 game winning streak.Â He pitched a four-hitter but also struck out 12 and walked only one.
Vance Wilson who was playing catcher while Pudge had a night off provided the offense.Â The superstitious Leyland is known for playing his hunches and as it has all season, it paid off.Â Putting Pudge on the bench (which is never a bad thing in my opinion, he is the bad apple of the team) and playing Wilson proved him yet again to have some uncanny ability to see into the future.Â In the clubhouse he told Spartan Nation about Wilson:Â â€œ''he's a regular player for me, they're all regular players, they're all going to play ... Is Pudge the catcher? Absolutely but Vance Wilson is a regular player for me.''
The Tigers maintain the best record in baseball at 26-13, and amazing 13 games over .500 and take on the Twins yet again tomorrow at 1:05.Â They are tied with the White Sox who also won for the best record in baseball.Â Tigers closer Todd Jones again was not pretty but got the job done for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.Â With their 26th win of the season the Tigers need only 56 more wins to match my pre-season prediction of 82.
Hear from all the major contributors on Hondoâ€™s Highlights today at 6:15 p.m. on ABC 53 in the Lansing market.