Friday's Babelicious Scoreboard
Lefty youngster Andrew Miller (1-0, 0.00 ERA) threw six scoreless innings in his big league debut, allowing four hits and three walks while the Tigers scored nine runs in the fifth inning alone.
In fact, Detroit surpassed the 11 total runs it scored in the entire World Series with a lineup that seems to have had a fire lit under its rear by the addition of Gary Sheffield, who homered early.
Magglio Ordonez also hit a bomb before 13 batters came to the plate in the nine-run fifth.
Braden Looper (5-3, 3.27 ERA) gave up a career-high seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings after allowing only one run over his two previous starts and entering the game with an outstanding 2.29 ERA.
Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 and hit his seventh homer, but it was not enough to lead his struggling team. The Cards still seem shaken up after the tragic loss of pitcher Josh Hancock in a fatal car accident along with their ace, Chris Carpenter to elbow surgery.