It was only a matter of time before he came back.
There are only so many levels of Guitar Hero one person can beat (I’m assuming).
But Joel Zumaya wasn’t the pitcher that stole the show for the Tigers in a crucial opening game of an A.L. Central showdown with the Indians.
Jair Jurrjens, who was called up from Double-A Erie just a few weeks ago, gave up just 1 hit in 6 2/3 innings of work and left Zumaya with a 2-1 Tigers lead.
The standing ovation that followed was a mix of anticipation for the young flamethrowers return and appreciation of a member of the starting staff (finally!) stepping up in a big game.
Indians 1, Tigers 2: Back-to-back homers from Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen was all the Tigers needed to hold on and cut the division lead to 1/2 game. Zumaya only pitched 1/3 of an inning, but retired the batter and ignited the crowd (and hit 99 mph on the gun).
Yankees 9, Angels 18: New York would have had a chance in this game had Garrett Anderson stayed home. The life-long Angel went 4-for-6 with 2 doubles, a 3-run shot and a grand slam to rack up 10!!!! RBI to crush the Bombers. Things are looking grim in the A.L. East.
Padres 6, Mets 7: Even though Arizona has lost some of its swagger lately (3 straight losses), San Diego hasn’t been able to make up any ground. They were left demoralized again Tuesday night after Luis Castillo’s walk-off RBI single. Carlos Beltran added 5 RBI.
Dodgers 4, Phillies 5: Strangely enough, the Mets’ walk-off win helped the Phillies. Although Philadelphia couldn’t make up any ground in the N.L. East, the Padres loss paired with the Phillies edging of the Dodgers left the two teams tied for the Wild Card lead.
Rangers 2, Orioles 6
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4
Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6
Mariners 7, Twins 2
Royals 2, White Sox 5
Braves 7, Reds 8
Nationals 11, Astros 6
Marlins 2, Cardinals 5
Pirates 2, Rockies 9
Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 4
Cubs 5, Giants 1