Jackson, who reportedly had flu-like symptoms, pitched a gem through 7 2/3, and looked really upset when he came out of the game. It was his first walk of the ball game, and I was like, head up Edwin, you pitched a great game tonight. He had batters swinging at all kinds of stuff out side the strike zone, and had 8-pitch innings in both the sixth and seventh, his fastball topping out at 98 mph.
Rodney had to walk the first batter he faced just to make it interesting before finishing off the middle of the Mariners' lineup.
Two putouts at home plate--one for each side. Assists go to Granderson for the Tigers and Chavez for Seattle.
Not sure why, but I felt like we needed that win. It's imperative to win those close ballgames when you get such a sparkling performance from your starter.