Detroit Tigers Win Big Thanks to Ramon Santiago's Big Night

Nathan SimkoCorrespondent IApril 23, 2008

The Tigers are in need of some great play. In fact, they are desperate for some unlikely sources to step up and have a big game.

That happened Tuesday night when Ramon Santiago got his first home run since August 1, 2003. He has had over 400 plate appearances in that time.

It all started with a two-out double in the second inning giving the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. He finished up with a big two-run homer off of Texas starter Vicente Padilla.

Santiago's big play sparked a big night by Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera, and Magglio Ordonez.  Renteria went four-for-four while Ordonez and Cabrera each had a home run. 

This has been a terrible start to the season for the Detroit Tigers. Coming into Tuesday night’s game, they were tied for the worst record in MLB with the Texas Rangers.

Thanks to last night’s big game, there is a title they no longer hold.

I'm hopeful that the Tigers are going to sweep this series against the Rangers and start their climb out of the AL basement. With the lineup the Tigers put out on the field day after day, it’s almost a certainty that this will happen.

The only question is will they climb out in time to make the playoffs?

I for one believe this is the year the Detroit Tigers will break out and win their first World Series since 1984.