Tigers Take First Game of Doubleheader Against White Sox

Kevin GuyContributor IJune 8, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 08: Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers drives in the winning run in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Brandon Inge led the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 win in the early game of Monday's doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. Inge, who drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning, knocked in the go ahead run in the top of the ninth and Fernando Rodney was able to pick up the save.

The win is the Tigers third in a row and 31st of the season as they look to gather momentum after a recent four game skid.

Armando Galarraga pitched well for the Tigers, allowing just three earned runs in six-and-two-third innings. 

This is a big win for the Tigers, who have struggled mightily against the White Sox the past few years, and could trigger some continued consistent winning. 

Tigers starting pitching has been outstanding this season, and it has paid off with a first place divisional standing. The return of Jeremy Bonderman in the nightcap of the doubleheader can only bolster the pitching staff.

The key is even if he struggles, the Tigers have proven they can win without him, making it essentially a win-win situation.

With continued good health, solid pitching, and timely hitting, the Tigers have found a successful winning formula. Jim Leyland has taken a few more chances this season on the basepaths, drawing praise from the Detroit faithful.

But an apparent miscommunication on a suicide squeeze early in this contest could change the coaches mind. With Ryan Raburn on third and Dane Sardinha at the plate, Raburn sprinted towards home plate on the pitch, but Sardinha swung away. Danger was avoided when Sardinha popped out, and Raburn was even able to retreat to third, tag, and score.

It is unknown who missed the call or if Leyland had even put the squeeze sign on.