Tallet makes best of start, beats Tigers
So far, a bit of stability seems to be doing him good.
Tallet, who is expected to start for the rest of the season, responded with one of his best outings of the year in a 6-4 victory over Detroit Friday night.
“It helps with my focus, because I know I’ll be getting the ball every five days or so,” he said. “I’m just trying to soak up as many innings as I can.”
Tallet (7-9) is now 2-0 as a starter in September. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.
“When I strike guys out, it is usually an accident,” he said. “I’m mainly pitching to contact, but tonight I was getting ahead of guys and putting them away. I don’t usually do that.”
“Maybe we’re looking at the scoreboard, but we should be looking at something else,” said
One Tiger, though, thought the opposition pitching had more to do with the losses than any loss of focus.
“It’s hard not to look at the scoreboard, because they are everywhere,” said
“This is great for our team, because we get a chance to play spoiler,” Tallet said. “That’s a bonus for us.”
Three relievers finished, with
“Jason’s been great for us,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. “I don’t know if the success comes first or the confidence, but he’s got both of them right now and they build off each other.”
Toronto loaded the bases with two out in the first, but
“We let them get away a couple times at the beginning of the game,” Gaston said. “Two of the balls we hit would probably have been out of most parks, especially the one Rod hit, but we got a couple out later.”
Toronto broke through in the fourth, chasing Robertson with a pair of runs. With two out,
Wells made it 3-1 with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly off
Detroit rallied for three runs on five hits and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but
Granderson hit seventh for the