Detroit Tigers Beat St Louis Cardinals in Game Two – Kenny Rogers Pitches Another Scoreless Game While Craig Monroe Hits Homerun

Detroit Tigers Beat St Louis Cardinals in Game Two – Kenny Rogers Pitches Another Scoreless Game While Craig Monroe Hits Homerun

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The World Series is even at one game each thanks in part to the great pitching of Detroit Tiger Kenny Rogers. On Sunday he threw 99 pitches walking three and striking out five. Todd Jones was called in by Tigers Manager, Jim Leyland, in the top of the ninth inning.

Rogers has thrown 23 scoreless innings in three postseason starts, with all of them victories at home. The last time a pitcher threw more scoreless innings was in 1957 by Lew Burdette. Before that we need to go back to Christy Mathewson in 1905 to see a that type of performance. Rogers only allowed two hits over eight innings allowing the Tigers to win 3-1.

The 44 degree weather did not slow the veteran Rogers, who has played in the majors for more than two decades. With the wind-chill, the temperature seemed like it was in the low 30’s (according to MLB officials) at Comerica Park. He played with both New York teams before settling in to Detroit.

Detroit needed the win to avoid losing both games at home. Craig Monroe hit his second homerun of the series Sunday. That makes it five postseason homeruns for the Detroit powerhouse. “Not being in this situation before, I’m shocked sometimes at myself,” he said. “I’m relaxed and having fun. That’s the big thing. I’m not getting caught up in all the things that are going on around me.”

The second homerun by Monroe matched the franchise record for career homers in the postseason set by Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. Monroe told reporters “That’s something I’ll have to really reflect on down the road, not now, because I can’t even process that kind of stuff right now.”

By Dave Reddy
Best Syndication Writer

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