The Tigers capitalized on a five-run seventh to knock off the Phillies 7-4 and capture the series win. As expected, it was a weekend of big offense, and more than one hole was exposed in the Phillies' pitching staff.
Highlights and lowlights: Five runs were divided between Adam Eaton, Geoff Geary and Yoel Hernandez during the inning as the Tigers were able to erase a two-run deficit. The Phillies also stranded 12 base runners on the afternoon, including six with men in scoring position and two outs. Ryan Howard took a tough 0-for-5 collar including a back-breaking strikeout in the seventh inning. Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 10 games, Chase Utley went 3-for-5 and Aaron Rowand continued his clutch hitting with an RBI double. He left the game in the seventh inning with cramps in his left leg. The highlight may have come when Carlos Ruiz was ejected for arguing balls and strikes behind the plate. Radio pair Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen both felt umpire Bill Welke had been squeezing Phillies pitching all afternoon. Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel and Steve Smith were also tossed.
Beerleaguer summer break: Beerleaguer will be running on autopilot all this week, starting this afternoon and running through Sunday, June 24. This post is the test pilot in a series of automated morning and afternoon open threads for readers to discuss the news of the day and chat during games. I'll talk to you in a week, enjoy the Indians and Cardinals series and go Phillies!